Started a new job in December and have been having increasing symptoms of what my GP has told me is likely hypermobility. Symptoms are - partial dislocations (hips and shoulders mostly) happening daily with no warning, moderate pain from about lunchtime onwards that stops me concentrating, difficulty walking and standing for any length of time. Have been in tears from the pain 4 times since we came back last week, I cannot imagine doing this until end of Jan never mind end of June (I'm in Scotland). I love teaching usually and am feeling very low about what a **** job I am doing at the moment. I have gotten a referral to a specialist physio and rheumatologist and waiting to hear back about my appointment date. I spoke to my HoD today and he said we will talk about future provisions. I've only been teaching 3 years and have no idea what provisions I need or should ask for. Can I ask to be part time? They refused another teacher coming back off of mat leave. I don't think I can manage full days and especially not when I'm given cover and need to walk around the school. This isn't an acute issue so I'm panicking at the idea of needing time off as it isn't something they can fix - if I need time off doesn't that mean I can't work? Can I take painkillers and teach/drive? I was offered some but am terrified of them working and then I get dependant and need to take them during the day, at the moment I am just having multiple G&Ts when I get home so I can sleep. Don't think I can do that much longer as when pain is worst it is unbearable because I can't make it go away or get any small break from it. Thanks in advance.