I am a new grad and proud to say I was hired right out of school for a critical care fellowship that will lead to a full time position. At the age of 5 I was diagnosed with migraines and in my teens I was diagnosed with chronic headache with migraine. I have been on disability acts throughout my primary and secondary schooling (allow an extra day for tests if I had a migraine, no penalty for absences due to migraines, etc). I hardly ever utilized the disabilty accomadations but it was nice to know they were there. My migraines come at different levels: some I am able to funtion through if my medications can take off the edge, others I wind up in the ER because I get no relief for 48 hours, and every severity in between. I am very anxious/scared about how this is going to affect my employment.
Does anyone know if there are disability acts that can protect me from losing my job due to this disability?
I know I have a certain number of sick/personal days to use but I am afraid of what will happen if I have to use more than the provided number of days. Also, I feel horrible about the extra work I would put on my co-workers if I had to call off or go home early. I don't want them thinking I don't like being at work or that I'm not dedicated to my job. I love what I do and would never use my disability for personal gain. I think my own chronic pain has helped me become a very compassionate nurse, because I understand what living with pain is like. I just don't want my condition to affect how my co-workers see me or the status of my employment.
Does anyone have suggestions? Thank you in advance.
I have had migraines for over 10 years now. I have them mild sometimes or as long as lasting 3 weeks. Waking up and going to bed w a headache sucks! It has been times where I cant sleep because my head hurts so bad. I lay there in tears until I cant feel it anymore. I had a job that although i qualified for FMLA was one of many many companies that do not consider migraines a disability. After being off about 5 weeks battling on and off headaches i had to quit. I had a constant headache for 19 days. I tried to go back to work but it started all over again. I figured it beats being fired. I have tried diff meds from imitrex to topamax and alot in between. i rarely can catch it since i have a hard time deciding if it is a sleepy/hungry headache or the beginning of a migraine. the imitrex pills are $150/9 so i try to use them as needed. I hope it does not affect my nursing career!
I do not know all of my triggers but i realize garlic and salt is a trigger, as far as foods. My eyes can become blurry, whichever side the headache is on. I sort of lose vision in that eye. My hearing and sensitivity to light is highly increased. I swear i can hear cotton fall. I also have vomiting spells. Phenergan puts me to sleep. I couldnt afford the neurologist new meds, $276/9 pills w insurance ($650/9 w/o). I will just continue to watch out for triggers and manage my headaches
Goodluck to other sufferers, i feel your pain
Last edit by Faith2012 on Dec 7, '11
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