So I have been of since last December. I have reacted badly to all the dmards and don't qualify because of my bloods being normal for the biologics my consultant wants to prescribe. I am having to wait until 30th June for a scan to see if it shows the obvious inflammation my bloods don't. I have been taken off all medication including the steroids that were at least keeping me moving.
One of my colleagues also has RA. She has had it for many years and is now on biologics. She wrote me an email last week which she copied in to my boss. Saying I was milking my situation and letting the team down who are short staffed. She had always worked through her RA because it's something you put up with and I could do the same if I wanted. It would take my mind off my illness and sitting "around on my bottom all day" was no good for me or my employer.
There is apparently no excuse with modern treatment for me to be off this long.
My boss who does not like me has seized on this and has sent it to the director and HR and suggested as it is my review point they look at getting rid of me.
The reason I am off is they insisted in December I see an occupational health consultant who has refused to let me back. His last letter said I was not fit to work but not entitled to early retirement as I had a treatable disease although it wasn't ironic that my employer the NHS who set this rule are also the ones withholding treatment on funding grounds. He then added it was up to my management to decide whether they sack me or not.
I feel entirely abandoned by the health professionals who were supposed to help me get fit and my employer who I have slaved my guts out for, for 10 years and to top it all a fellow RA sufferer