My partner is dealing with chronic back pain and neuropathy down her leg. It has been especially acute since she had a slip and fall at work in December.
She's having trouble getting through a full workweek. Her boss will not let her work from home one day a week, since he thinks he would then have to let everyone do it.
So she's at the point of wanting to temporarily reduce her work schedule. Ideally, I think she should work half time, and have her disability insurance (liberty mutual) cover the other half. She's even trying to just get a 20% reduction, unpaid.
The problem is, her doctors refuse to write her a note allowing her to reduce her work schedule. Both her primary care physician and her pain management doctor say they just don't do that. They are basically saying pain is not a reason to not go to work. I guess since she's still able to walk, they think she should keep going, because being active will help her heal faster I guess. What is the point of dragging into work every day if she has to spend half the day lying on her office floor?
So we are at the point of looking at switching doctors. To do so means switching medical groups, since she has an HMO. So it's kind of a to-do, and I want to make sure we are making the right decision if we go that route.
So I guess my question is, is there any reason to expect anything different from a different set of doctors? Have a lot of people run into this issue? Part of the problem may stem from the fact that they still don't have an exact diagnosis for what's causing her pain. She had an L5-S1 fusion 12 years ago, and the discs above it are degenerating also. But they haven't come out and pinpointed what is causing the nueropathy. She's having some nerve testing this week, that we're hoping will give us some answers.
Anyway, just wanted to get a consensus on whether others have had issues with getting a reduced or flexible work schedule ordered by doctors.