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post #1 of 10
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I'm desperate guys. Do you think I'd qualify for fmla? If anyone here is familiar with fmla, I greatly need your help. I have a hormone imbalance and my periods are way way, extremely messed up. I've been on my period currently for 9 weeks and 4 days. Prior to this episode I was on my period, well bleeding for over 7 months straight. It has been extremely stressful, draining, both physically, emotionally, and mentally. During the past yr at my job, I have missed a great amount of time and am currently on probation because of it. Do you think it would be worth me looking into fmla so I can take the time I need to recover? I am under medical care. My mangers have been not so understanding through all of this, and this is a really hard condition to explain and to get someone to understand. I need my job. But I also need my health. I'm just at such a loss. Today was a really bad day for me. I asked my supervisor if I could go home for the day because I was feeling really bad. She said I really don't need to be asking to go home every time I feel bad. This was just the 3rd time I've done that. It's not like I'm going home for any little reason, in my eyes this is a serious health concern and tmi, but the amt I was bleeding today was a lot and I've found the best thing to do to slow down thew bleeding is bed rest. I didn't end up going home because I was so emotional, I just didn't feel like dealing with her. Like I said, I desperately need my job, but I need my health to get better as well. I know I've complained about my job before, but dealing with this really does make it hard to work. I just don't know what to do.
post #2 of 10
I'd certainly look into FMLA. I have it for my ulcerative colitis.
post #3 of 10
I'm confused, what is your gynocologist doing for you? What does he/she suggest?
I'm sorry you're not well

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Originally Posted by Essayons89 View Post
I'd certainly look into FMLA. I have it for my ulcerative colitis.
I'm not familiar with FMLA. What is it? I also have the same condition.
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Gynecologist has tried many things. Birth control pill, hormone replacement therapy, both had terrible side effects and did not work. I have PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome, which is basically a hormone imbalance and causes ovarian cysts. I also get uterine fibroids. It took many yrs to get a correct diagnosis.
post #5 of 10
Family Medical Leave Act
http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/fmla/
post #6 of 10
You should be able to get medical leave of absence. The way I got mine, for severe depression and anxiety, was through my doctor. It was really easy - all your doctor needs to do is to make you a written note requesting your absence from work for healing. You will then fax this notice to your human resources department. If the time is less than 2 weeks, your company and you are not requested to file for FMLA. By law, if the time you need is more than 2 weeks, than your work will send you the forms in the mail to fill out.
The law requires you to be seen by a doctor often, and to be treated accordingly. Usually the doctor will ask you to come by every 2 weeks or so for following up on the condition. Note: Any time you have for vacations and paid holidays, will be used towards FMLA. Also, you are not going to be paid, and if you need more than 2 weeks, you can apply for disability, which pays an average of $700-800/week, depending on the state you leave.
So, at this point, you should go to the doctor and request him a note to your office - IMO you will definitely qualify for it.
post #7 of 10
I got FMLA for my back when I was going through physical therapy. I had to take paperwork to my doctor and my physical therapist but the process was farily easy. I got a total of 480 hours (3 months) because as the time we weren't sure if I would need surgery or not. I didn't, thank god, but they didn't change the terms. I definitely think it's worth looking in to. As mentioned before you don't get paid for the time but if I leave and cite FMLA they can't hold it against me in attendence.
post #8 of 10
My mother qualified for FMLA when I was a kids so she could take ME to the doctor. She stil worked when I was healthy but if she needed a day off or had to leave early she was covered by FMLA.

I would DEFF look into it
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Well I contacted HR today and obtained the necessary forms. I really hope this goes through for me. If not, the more severe my condition gets the higher the risk of me losing my job. I do need further clarification as to what qualifies as a health care provider. I do see an ob/gyn, but right now my primary care is through an acupuncturist. Yes, I got desperate and seeked alternative health care. If an acupuncturist is considered a health care provider i'd be more comfortable with him filling out the medical certification because at this point he's more familiar with my condition. I also don't like my current ob/gyn too much and am in the process of finding another one. I've been trying to contact HR for my company since I got home from work to ask them about it, but their phone says their system is having technical difficulties. Well needless to say, I need all the vibes and prayers I can get. Thanks for listening everyone.
post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by LayItDown View Post
Well I contacted HR today and obtained the necessary forms. I really hope this goes through for me. If not, the more severe my condition gets the higher the risk of me losing my job. I do need further clarification as to what qualifies as a health care provider. I do see an ob/gyn, but right now my primary care is through an acupuncturist. Yes, I got desperate and seeked alternative health care. If an acupuncturist is considered a health care provider i'd be more comfortable with him filling out the medical certification because at this point he's more familiar with my condition. I also don't like my current ob/gyn too much and am in the process of finding another one. I've been trying to contact HR for my company since I got home from work to ask them about it, but their phone says their system is having technical difficulties. Well needless to say, I need all the vibes and prayers I can get. Thanks for listening everyone.
Your OB/Gyn will be your primary care provider, or your family doctor. Unless your acupuncturist is a MD (which most aren't), he is not going to qualify for it.
Good luck!
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