Osteoarthritis/Fibromyalgia/Degenerative Disc Disease
I need help! I am a 36 years old female and have been fighting Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, and Degenerative Disc Disease for the last year. I work in customer service and sit at a desk job for 8 hours a day and the stress is tremendous. I've tried so many different anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medicines that it is crazy. I recently tried Nucynta for the pain and that was a joke. Right now I am on Lortab 7.5 up to 3 times a day along with Voltaren twice a day, 2 4 mg Zanaflex a night, and 60 mg of Cymbalta. I was able to get an adjusted schedule to 9 to 5:30 but there are some days I just can not make it in. I am currently on intermitten FMLA but was told today that my attendance and what the rheumatologist wrote down do not match. I have to go back to him to have it revised. My manager is not a nice woman (trying to be nice myself here) and has been trying to get me to leave the whole year. I have STD and LTD insurance at my job and they keep suggesting going on disability but I am scared. I don't know if I will qualify or not. I've already had one laminectomy/discetomy in 2009 to correct a problem with my sciatic nerve. I had a disc that was bulged out of place and it had it almost completely crushed so I lost a lot of feeling and was unable to walk for a few weeks. I still do not have some of the feeling in my right leg from that process.
I need suggestions on what do to. Should I tell my rheumatologist that I want to go on disability and explain to him my situation? As of now, I have the arthritis in my right hand and wrist, both feet and ankles, both knees, my whole back (severe in the low back), and neck. When I have a flare ups in my neck it causes migraines as well. So, life pretty much sucks. There are days I can not get out of bed to even take a shower much less drive to work and sit in a desk all day. I've also already did the ADA thing and they said by letting me work a flex schedule that is all they can do even though there are people in my department that work from home and I have offered to purchase a computer so I can work from home on days when I can not come into the office but they said that was not possible. I am desperate and I am afraid that because of my age that disability will not be possible. But they made it clear today that if I do not start working 40 hours a week then I will lose my job.
I also want to mention that the only complaint has been my attendance. My job knowledge and performance has never been an issue. My last evaluation was even commented on by the VP of our company.