I’m a 34yo honest, hardworking woman. For 15 years I have had chronic headaches, facial & neck pain; nerve pain. The pain in so intense it has caused significant muscle tightness on the right side of my neck and head that it makes it very difficult to swallow (doctors are still trying to figure out what is happening). Even more swallowing exacerbates my symptoms, so I fast throughout my work day and eat a liquid dinner. The condition was manageable for 9 years but became chronic in the past 6 years. I have knocked on countless (approximately hundreds) of doctors doors over the years for relief that ended in being a great waste of time, energy and money (that I could not afford and the reason I do not have money saved). It was a terrible nightmare, I truly wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.
The amazing thing is in January 2018 I found a doctor that seems to have an accurate diagnosis and is finally giving me significant relief. The doctor reports to me she thinks I should have a full recover (knock on wood). I’m not 100% yet – but I finally feel there may be a day I will be.
I don’t know how and, it truly was painful, while I was very sick I managed to go to undergraduate school and work a part time job, go to graduate school and work a part time job and have been working 7 years in social services. Currently I am a social work for DSHS (pretty sure it doesn’t help the healing thing). I come from a hard-working family that didn’t understand my health struggles. They could never wrap their head around me staying home sick or resting to recover – so I never consider that an option. I bit the bullet and worked while in immense and chronic pain. I know you may be wondering why I didn’t look into disability, I did but it’s nowhere near enough to cover medical bills, rent, student loans, and basic living expenses. Disability was not an option. The reason I’m writing this is that the Doctor’s have said they need to increase my treatment for 2 to 4 months for me to recover, the appointments include (physical therapy, speech therapy, cranial alignment and chiropractor. Unfortunately, that requires for me to take time off work. I qualify for FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) but that is unpaid. Please understand that I have tried my very hardest to manage this condition and work without being a burden on others – but apparently working is no longer an option I have to time off work to get healthy.
I am so sorry to ask for money, but truly do not have an option. I have to take medical leave, I have tried my hardest to get better while working and promise when I have healed I will give back in every way I can. I am provide any other information if you would like. PLEASE HELP