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Hi I am applying for ill health retirement due to long term hypothyroidsim which has become worse and I am unable to work or function normally.

The Scottish Pension Agency has certain criteria ,one being the predictability of me not getting better within the 5 1/2 years I have left till I actually retire at 60.

How can I explain the nature of my disease and it unpredictabiliy.

They also want me too have tried all possible medications for this.I have been on levothyroxine for 14 yrs and Endo said I should stay on same dose of thyroxine for 6 months ( 3 months in ) then sh

e will trial some t3 ,but she states that there is no eveidence that it works.

How can I suppport myself ,could anyone help ?

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Your Endocrinologist hasn't read any research results re T3/T4. These are a couple of links which you should send to her and you can sign the petition if you haven't already done so.

My NHS Endo added 10mcg T3 to my T4 and it did help tremendously.

Let's educate your Endocrinologist and also email and ask for a copy of the Pulse online article by Dr Toft of the British Thyroid Association. She cannot refuse to go along with his view that some of us need T3 added and maybe a suppressed TSH.

Highlight question 6 and I hope she has got your TSH to the point that he suggests (or suppressed).


Susie, Contact the endo and ask whether the trial can be brought forward. She may be willing to consider it if you explain that you will otherwise have to petition for ill health retirement.

Tell the SPA that you take Levothyroxine which is the recommended treatment for Hashimoto's and hypothyroidism but have been unable to persuade your doctors to prescribe Liothyronine (T3) in addition, which may help control Hashimoto's and relieve your symptoms, although you have been promised a trial in 3 months.


Have you had all your vits and mins tested - vit D, B12, iron, ferritin, folate, magnesium... All these need to be optimal for your body to be able to deal with and use the levo you're giving it.

Hugs, Grey


Forgot the zinc most important!


Susiebow, I've come into this thread almost a year too late but was wondering how you got on. I'm in a similar position after being off for the guts of a year but OHS have not recommended ill health retirement for me and I'm wondering if I should appeal. The alternative looks to be dismissal under inefficiency procedures. Thank you. 😊


Hi Nikki 28 ,I was supported by OHSAS for early ill health retirement,but SPPA declined and suggested I appeal with more info.i did not have time to do that as my pay was coming to an end after the year off work.I just applied for early retirement at reduced rate ,which has enabled me to retire.How are you doing now?


I'm feeling better than I was a year ago but my energy levels are still ridiculously low. I tried going back to work on a phased return in June - 3 mornings a week- but came out again mid August as I was struggling so much. I'm 43 so I can understand why they don't want to recommend ill health retirement but early retirement isn't an option for me. Whatever way my sick pay has worked out I'll still get paid until February 2016 so I'm hoping my health improves enough to get back to work before then. It's a shame you didn't get your enhanced pension but I hope you are enjoying your retirement and feel better. X


Hi Nikki ,glad to hear you are feeling a bit better.The same thing happened to me I did a phased return for 4 months ,but ended up that I just could not do it any more.I was a Staff Nurse.If you do leave due to ill health, you will be entitled to ESA for a year if you have paid enough national insurance.


I claimed ESA for about a month before I went back on my phased return. They had just sent me out a form to fill in for an assessment appointment when I returned to work. That's good to know that I would get something for the first while....just in case. Thank you.


Hi Susie, I am a staff nurse too . I am off sick again and am now worried and thinking of applying for ill health retirement before I am played off . I just wondered did you apply . Is it worth me trying for it or not . Our working days are 12 hours compulsory . My brain fogs are my main concern and the reason I can't go in when I am having a flare up

Thank you for your time in advance ,Poppy


Hi Poppy ,How long have you been working as a Staff Nurse ? If you are not well enough to go on working ,I l woud apply for ill Health retirement,how old are you ? The NHS is obliged to offer you hours or a job that would suit you first.If that does not agree with you then apply.If you do not get it you can get retirement at reduced rate of monthly pension and a reduced lump sum ,write and ask for estimate first from SPPA.Or you can leave pension in and get it later.It all depends on what you can afford,You will get ESA for a year after you leave if you have worked long enough.Ido not get any benefits and just live off pension and am 56,as ESA say I do not have enough points ill but not ill enough.Poppie ,just an after thought,you can be off work for a year first before getting retirement ,off for 6 months at full pay then for another 6 months half pay,but you can go back after that if you feel better,it gives you a year ,but make sure you apply for retirement a few weeks before your year is up so you can get pension at end of that year.


Thank you Susie , So kind of you to reply so quickly and so thoroughly. Brilliant advice . Did not know about esa with a pension . Sorry and disgusted they would not give it to you . Sorry this is short reply but getting pestered to help with something in house . just wanted to say very grateful as soon as I could . Xx

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