work and osteoarthritis

lee67 Member Posts: 11
I recently had an arthoscopy procedure (Debridement) on my thumb cmc joint..The procedure didn't work for me and I'm now waiting for another operation where my thumb will be pinned.
But while I wait my employer has decided to move my job role where it will have an severe impact on my already degenerated joint, they are aware of my condition but due to new rules and regulations they can sack you at a drop of a hat...which I think its it right of them to make me do such work that will cause me pain and suffering.
I already take 500mg naproxen and 30mg nefopam and they hardly touch my pain, just feel spaced out but still in constant pain...sorry for the essay.


  • helpline_team
    helpline_team Posts: 3,426
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi Lee67

    Thank you for your post.

    Please don’t apologise for writing - we’re here to support you and help you ‘talk’ it through. It sounds like you’re going through such a tough time, what with having to go through a second procedure, facing a difficult situation with your employer, and coping with constant pain.

    We’re not specialists in the field of employment and disability, so I’ve included some links below to more specialist information and support on this. As you said, although your employer is aware of your condition and the impact of the new role, they are going ahead with this anyway, and it sounds like a pressurised situation for you.

    Equality and Advisory Support Service:

    Equality and Human Rights Commission, Guidance for Workers:

    Disability Law Service:

    You may have already found the ‘Benefits and Working Matters’ strand on the forum too? It might help to read about other peoples’ experiences at work, or even share your own.

    If you’d like to talk about how you’re feeling and get some support you’re really welcome to call us on the Helpline, our number is: 0808 800 4050, 10am – 4pm, weekdays. As I’ve said, we’re unable to provide specialist employment advice, but you can talk things through with us, or any other aspect of what you’re going through with your arthritis.

    With best wishes,
  • yaris
    yaris Member Posts: 96
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Hi you come under the 2010 act they just cannot sack you