I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and my symptoms are pain in joints and general pain everywhere at intervals when I find it difficult to walk. I have an overwhelming tiredness most of the time and today have been advised I have a kidney infection which comes and goes regularly. There are episodes when I am unable to get out of bed without assistance due to the pain in my body.
I am in a full time job and have held this post for many years. When I am unable to attend I have taken holidays to try and cover my absenteeism but I feel my symptoms are getting worse. I am sure many of you here on this site have much more debilitating illnesses and I am contacting you hoping you may be able to offer some advice through your own experience.
I would like to continue working and have been approached by my employers if I could reduce my hours to suit my condition. However this would not be possible financially as I am single, with a daughter of 19 diagnosed with Autism. She attends college and still lives with me.
I have not yet approached the benefits system as I am unsure who I would bring my situation to or if I would be eligible. My illness began over a year ago and is getting worse I feel. If anyone can provide some advice it would be most appreciated.