I am male, 37 years old and have recently been diagnosed with Gouty Arthritis in my feet but now under control through daily tablets, I have been told i have possibly got OA in my knees, the specialist at the local hospital is testing me for Psoriatic Arthritis he's 99.9% sure that is the problem. I have just had 6 months out of word due to redundancy, with little support from Job Centre regarding my arthritis. Even the Disability Support person was no help when i Spoke to him told nothing he could do.
End of last year applied for a job working with a large retail company as a Customer Services Assistant, I applied, had interview and got the job! At no point during the recruitment was i asked about any medical conditions. I have just spent 9 weeks in training and now im in the shop. I have been put on deliveries!(we get 3 a week) Unloading Pallets and cages of new stock! The driver takes goods off the lorry and its up to me to take the stuff out of the cages and off the pallets and put in to store. (My first week I did about 37hours only contracted for 24.) I vertually killed myself! my feet ached my knees were sore, and i just couldnt recover enough over night between my shifts and my days off are seperated and not together so even one day off isnt enough. Im not sleeping at all due to the aching in my knees and feet. I just told myself i needed to get use to the job and on my 3rd week i went to work in pain I even wore my hiking boots as we had a delivery and they were the most supportive shoes i could wear ( must also add I have a weak left ankle) I was told to go home as i wasnt fit to work and my boots were not appropriate they didnt fit the dress code. made appointment to see my doctor and was told by employer that i needed to be honest with my doctor and tell him that my job ment I would be on my feet all the time, and was this the job for me.....