I'm a children's Occupational Therapist, a job which involves lots of getting down on the floor with kids, or sitting on very small chairs. I help children develop their motor skills, which involves hopping, jumping etc. All the things which having inflammatory arthritis in your joints make it nigh on impossible to do. I have AS, and take weekly Benepali injections, and 60mg daily etoricoxib.
After a 6 month period of sick leave I returned to work last July. My manager and colleagues have been so supportive up till now, however I'm reaching a stage where I feel that people are beginning to forget that I'm still dealing with pain every day, mostly in my knees (mostly right knee) and lower back. I'm trying not to complain at work, and just getting on with it to the best of my ability. Maybe I've not done myself any favors by doing this however.
A few days ago I started feeling quite alot of pain in my left ankle, and I'm wondering if it's progressed into that joint. So I'm back to a point where I can't really kneel on the ground. I have a clinic coming up on Tuesday where there is a baby coming in for an assessment, and I know that I might be expected to take him onto my caseload for possible ongoing treatment sessions. I just wondered if I am within my rights to ask if my colleague would take on the baby, and I would take on the school age child who is also coming into clinic that day, who won't need as much floor based work? Or should I just get on with it? Feel like I'm being a bit pathetic, but really don't want to make my knee, ankle and back any worse.
Due a review with Occupational Health consultant in a couple of weeks time, and haven't seen occ health physio for a few months now. Just wondered what people's views are before my clinic on Tuesday?