For those dealing with mysterious or an undiagnosed condition, they can often feel anxiety around no being able to provide a defined medical diagnosis to their employer. It’s important to recognize the reasons why you have to stop working when suffering from illness without a diagnosis, which may require you to apply or long or short-term benefits.
First and foremost, the physical symptoms of your undiagnosed illness are what make you unable to work, whether you have a desk job or work in a physically demanding career, if you are experiencing a barrage of physical symptoms that cannot be explained by a medical professional and, therefore, may go untreated or given the wrong treatment without the proper diagnosis, this makes it impossible to focus on your.
Physical isolation from the workplace and the stopping of work all together may also be an effective tool in helping you pinpoint your symptoms and illness, and ultimately set you on the path to wellness. If you are able to be in an environment where you can control allergens, diet, contact with others, amount of physical exertion, and be able to record a journal of your symptoms, this is an ideal environment for those suffering from symptoms, yet left without a diagnosis.
Medical Appointments For A Diagnosis
For many looking for a diagnosis for their medical condition, various medical appointments may be necessary in order to find a diagnosis. The may include starting with your GP who may refer you to a number of specialists, each responding to a symptom you are experience. For example, like Celinawho was referred by her family doctor to a neurologist, who referred her to a sleep specialist, who then sent her to a cardiologist for whom she had to wait multiple months to see and was finally diagnosed with a heart condition. The time and energy it takes to attend these appointments can make it impossible to return to work.
These appointments can be time consuming and, especially for those with specifically rare genetic disorders or those living in rural areas, can require costly and lengthy travel to see the medical professionals. Travel can also worsen the physical symptoms making it even more difficult to work.
There is a documented connection between chronic conditions and mental health. Many suffering from physical pain are prone to anxiety and depression as their conditions intrude on their daily life. For those who have yet to find a diagnosis or treatment for their condition, these feelings can often be compounded as the frustration about the lack of information and care can often cause feelings of isolation, fear, and despair.
The mental health issues are not to be ignored and can make it impossible to work. It’s important to not just focus on your physical self, but also your mental state. Do not feel ashamed or hesitant to ask for help from loved ones or professionals. It’s important to recognize when continuing to work will only be harmful to your overall health.
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