Sorry to hear that you have gone through so much, stress doesn't help with
IBS either. Do you see a Gastro for your I.B.S.? Have you made an
appointment just to have a conversation with him and make him understand
exactly what you go through? With my I.B.S. I have horrible cramping across
my lower back, at times I am constantly running to the bathroom. One day at
work it was so bad I went (sorry) 25 times, I was away from the counter more
than I was there. I tried to go home, but the boss wouldn't let me. (fun
times) I was raw, and bleeding from going so much and was even using I think
desitin or ? and baby wipes. On top of embarrasement when you lose control
and have to tell your boss that you have had an accident and have to go
home. Be descriptive telling your Doctor, and how awful the experiences are,
and how exhausted you are from going so much. Explain the policies and
procedures at your place of employment, that you have missed way too much
work from this and that FMLA will protect you, and you won't lose your job
if he does this. If not you may lose your job. If you can't get through to
him, I would just say, I'm done and won't be back. I need to see a doctor
that has compassion for his patients. Sorry I went on so long,I just
understand the frustration. Best of luck to you. Feel Better.
> Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 12:50:21 -0500
> From: email@example.com
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: FMLA
> Sender: email@example.com (jetstamp)
> Subject: FMLA
> I'm asking this question on a few websites, hoping someone will shed
> some light on this topic.
> Like some of you, rather than finding doctors who will acknowledge the
> issue of adhesions, I was given the catch-all diagnosis of IBS by them.
> OK. Well, IBS does sound like a pretty chronic and painful condition-
> just like adhesions. The only difference is that doctors claim to not
> know what causes IBS, so therefore, there is no way for doctors to
> appreciate the degree of pain and dysfunction that may result. The
> latter part is true for adhesions, of course.
> When I have read posts on other sites by IBS patients, one issue that
> seems to come up is that doctors refuse to sign their FMLA papers. This
> has happened to me- they absolutely won't consider signing them. FMLA
> documentation's primary purpose is to protect the jobs of people with
> chronic conditions in the event of flare-ups or are otherwise
> incapacitated for work or need to be absent for frequent medical tests
> and doctor appointments.
> Has anyone else had this problem? For those of you whose doctors do
> acknowledge adhesions, have they been willing to sign FMLA papers? There
> are many people in my workplace who have things like back problems or
> migraines who have had access to this benefit for years.What constitutes
> a chronic condition and the right to job protection under this benefit?
> Some people would say keep looking for the right doctor.(I'm in my 25th
> year of looking) But then again, doing just that may require time off of
> work which at some point may prompt a need for FMLA documentation for
> your employer.