Sero Negative Poly Arthritis and getting back to work
Hello , I have a long standing temperamental arthritis that I feel sure is inflamed by stress and anxiety. I have worked full time for about 16 years and just put up with the pains that appeared in different joints going from mild to very severe. I never did actually declare it at interviews as I just sort of coped and got on with things the best I could. I was fortunate to have a very understanding boss for a long time who understood that I had a 'bit of joint pain' from time to time even though I tried to hide it. All in all I have only had about a week off because of this in all that time. But it took it's toll and I started a new job part time (16 hours). After 7 months my joints were so bad I was virtually paralysed with pains all over me so much so I couldn't walk for about 3 weeks. I left the job back in August last year. I am now for the first time on Incapacity and in receipt of DLA. My condition is now more steady but I do get times when using stairs are difficult and get quite bad pain in the night that obviously leaves me tired the next day. As it's unpredictable it can appear like there is nothing wrong with me visually and then there are times I am in agony. I am seeking a local part time job now and am so confused about the fact that I feel I should now declare my condition and worry that it may jepordise my chance of getting employed. Due to the current shortage of jobs and the fact that I am 52 makes matters worse. I know I am capable, reliable and a good worker but feel I am now in a position that I have never been in before. I would appreciate any help and advice. Thank you.