I have come to the conclusion that working full time is very stressful and exasperated my condition, continually causing lupus to flare. my doctor then increase my medications which controls the flare I then take some time off work and reduce the medication gradually and for a couple of months my lupus is controlled and I feel well again. I return to work as a housing manager a very stressful environment and my flare starts again. It's a vicious circle of being sick, attempting to manage my condition working full time and failing at both. I feel as though I have no options but to consider early retirement due to ill health as I do not believe I can continue to work and manage my health. I am 52 years old always worked full time including some evenings meetings and have always managed to cope well in the past. In the last 2 years I have struggle to even get out of bed in the mornings and the brain fog thing is making life impossible cause I have a hard time remembering things. Where do I start and what is the possibility of me being successfully retired?
I am part of work private pension scheme but don't know of ant other benefits I could possibly apply for.