I read quite a few messages which describe RA as the invisible illness nobody quite understands or believes. I'm sure my managers fit into this category as they don't take my difficulties seriously, but now see me as someone whose not performing and they are trying every which way to force me to leave after years of good service. I've almost had enough and am on the verge of quitting. Sometimes I even catch myself thinking I'm guilty of misbehaving - which is what they are trying to make me believe. Maybe I'm going slightly mad, or maybe it's just that my sense of fairness has just been turned on it's head.
I feel my work environment since December 16 has been systematically degrading towards me, without any reason. I was so stressed and depressed last Sept that I couldn't go into work. I just don't trust my managers and now feel totally paranoid. I requested a transfer to another team but this has been refused so many times, even after 4 Occupational Health recommendations. I'm 58 and losing hope now of ever having another well paid job.
It's so hard to have RA and then to be punished for having it! But I do realise that this situation is temporary. I really want to end it now by quitting and moving on but realise it won't be that simple - I'm now damaged goods!
I'd love to hear from anybody else whose been in a similar situation and is now in a better space.
Thanks for listening.