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#518998 - 08/22/18 06:58 PM Running out of FMLA
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Registered: 04/14/14
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I recently returned to work from 10 weeks on short-term disability at the end of July. My neck and upper back pain have gradually worsened. I'm a software engineer and I'm having a tough time sitting and working on a computer. At times, I can't raise my head to look at the computer screen. I've taken multiple painkillers, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxants, but I'm still in too much pain to function and work. Nothing seems to work

I've been off of work for the past week and a half. I got a call from my HR department telling me that I'm nearly out of FMLA and once I'm out of FMLA and PTO that they would have no choice. HR didn't mention termination explicitly, but it was pretty clear that is what she meant. I'm always in pain and have worked with it, but when I can't take my mind off the pain, I can't deal with it.

I found it disconcerting when she said, "if you're keeping yourself from work, you should return immediately." She mentioned my boss is complaining that my absences are interfering with deadlines. I get the feeling that HR is building up a file to fire me one way or another.

What should I do? I'm running out of FMLA. I'm in pain all of the time and get exhausted frequently and miss work about 2-3 days a month.

#519001 - 08/23/18 04:44 AM Re: Running out of FMLA [Re: mutagen]

Some people manage to work right up to retirement even with A.S. Personally I gave up at the age of 33. As it turned out it was the best thing I could have done. My wife worked full time and I became a "house husband". With two young children it worked out very well for me and my wife. The wife enjoyed her work and I enjoyed looking after the kids. Obviously this would not work for everyone but there must come a time for at least some when we must decide just how important work is for us.

#519006 - 08/24/18 10:04 AM Re: Running out of FMLA [Re: mutagen]
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Registered: 09/05/01
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Is it possible to get a variable desk or work station that you can rotate between sitting and standing.

#519048 - 09/18/18 12:27 AM Re: Running out of FMLA [Re: mutagen]
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Registered: 01/31/09
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Loc: NE Oklahoma
Does your employer have STD that would kick in after the FMLA is exhausted? Then the STD would transfer to LTD, then the SSD upon approval.
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#519089 - 10/08/18 12:14 PM Re: Running out of FMLA [Re: mutagen]
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Registered: 03/07/02
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Loc: Rosario, Argentina
Sorry to read about your situation... in States I was accountant and had similar issues sitting in chair most of the day and 1st week of each month (close week) meant a lot of sitting.

Agree it is hard to work when have AS pain getting in the way. I had some similar thoughts 15-20 years ago when I went through my worst with AS regarding FMLA.. when I looked into LTD I was not covered due to pre-existing condition clause.

Hope you can find some answers to the pain and some answers regarding STD/LTD. In my personal case I fortunately found some solutions to the pain and i have managed to continue working.

BTW - i now work in Argentina and work with translating SW strings.. maybe I am translating your work smile

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