Hello, I have been off work for 4 weeks now due to illness which began with severe pain in my knee which I now know is two torn minuscus' and RA damage for which I am awaiting surgery. This was then trumped by a bad reaction to naproxen (given to me to help with the knee pain) and I ended up in A&E crawling on the floor because the pills had burnt through my stomach. I was then sent home (having also been diagnosed with a kidney infection and liver inflammation ) with the wrong antibiotics which meant I had to return to hospital with crippling kidney pain. This has all seemed to put me into a flare and my shoulders have been seizing up. I had steroids injected into them which helped at first but they are getting bad again already. I'm felling better than I was last week but my knee is still trashed and will be until surgery and my shoulders aren't good. I have just taken a look at my last bloods and my liver function is elevated so I'm going to see my GP. I'm anxious about going into work but having already had 4 weeks off, I feel really guilty about not going back in right now. I have never taken time off like this and have always just worked through the pain/illness but I am due to begin a new job in 3 weeks (something less physically demanding) and fear I will run myself ragged at my current job and not have the energy for my new one.
Should I stop being weak and go to work?