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OH - can they refuse to let you back to work?

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by december1981, Mar 7, 2011.

  1. I've got a review meeting with OH,at the last meeting they said that they wouldn't be comfortable with me returning to work with the medication that I'm on. The GP has since added 2 more painkillers to the mix and I was wondering if the OH could actually refuse to let me back to work.

    Thank you
     
  2. I've got a review meeting with OH,at the last meeting they said that they wouldn't be comfortable with me returning to work with the medication that I'm on. The GP has since added 2 more painkillers to the mix and I was wondering if the OH could actually refuse to let me back to work.

    Thank you
     
  3. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    OH have no power at all, but if they recommend to your head that you aren't fit to return in their opinion, most heads (if not all) will take their advice.
     
  4. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    Do you honestly think you could teach on that level of medication? What does your GP think?
     
  5. Thank you both for the replies. I think I could actually, as have been on them for some time. My GP, well I'm now dealing more with specialists and it's kind of out of his hands so to speak. He doesn't really get the amount of pain I'm in, nor the root cause of it, if that makes sense?
     
  6. Torey

    Torey Occasional commenter

    Maybe it would be better to stay off until things are sorted? OH want you back at work, so I would guess if they said no there is a good reason.
     
  7. Thank you for your response Torey. Unfortunately I'm now disabled following a car accident and am likely to be like this for the rest of my life, so things aren't really going to get sorted in that sense. I'm just hoping that OH don't dismiss a phased return out of hand due to my medication
     
  8. snowstorm

    snowstorm New commenter

    If you have become disabled, you should be given a chance to return to work, if you wish to do so, with reasonable adjustments put in place.
    It's unlikely that OH would dismiss a phased return out of hand due to your medication.
    You'd have a claim for disability discrimination if they did.
     
  9. Thank you snowstorm :) I had my OH appt and it was pretty much a box ticking exercise with regards to my medication etc. :)
     
  10. If you are likely to be in constant pain, have you had a referral to a pain specialist- I mean the type that uses alternatives like TENS units etc rather than a rheumatologist that just ups the doses of anti inflammatories and the like.
    It may be worth you checking out the pain relief foundation website for more ideas http://www.painrelieffoundation.org.uk/
    The problem with any long term medication is the tolerance effect-where you have to take an increased dose to get the same effect-and then that can lead to liver damage, stomach ulcers etc. for instance, I take and tolerate quite high levels of painkillers and anti inflammatories for chronic arthritis. After a routine blood test recently, I was told to watch my alcohol levels as my liver function test was not good as it should be-that would be easy to do except for the fact that I don't drink alcohol and have never been a drinker (well except for tea !)
    As for OH they tend to view the fact that if your medication has been prescribed by a specialist, then it's correct for you and they won't question it.
     
  11. Thank you for the reply jjcool, it's very helpful. I haven't seen a Pain Specialist, although I have attended a Pain Management course. I have a TENS machine but it doesn't seem to do anything to be honest, although could give it another try. I'm on Amitriptlyne, Tramadol, Citalopram, Diclofenac and Cocodamol at the moment, though the consultants don't seem to think that adding a different drug to replace one of the others would be helpful as the condition doesn't always respond well to drugs. I do use capsaicin cream which helps and heat packs too.As this is a long term condition, I've reduced my medication to leave a gap so I can increase it when I'm back at work and the pain is tolerable, then I will try to reduce them again. To be honest, medically I seem to have hit a brick wall.
     

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