I'll health retirement
I work full time as a frontline social worker and I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc L5/S1 lower back. I have and am still currently on serious meds morphine etc for the last few years. I have had on off periods of sickness and my employer local council has asked me to consider I'll health retirement. My GP supports this and my orthopaedic consultant will be asked for his views. He wrote to my Dr saying there is nothing else he can do and I am in constant pain which needs managing. I have had numerous therapies,back injections etc but nothing provides any long term relief. I struggle to walk and I'm now registered disabled.
Question: do you think I would qualify for tier 1 early retirement? As once I start the process I will have to accept what works will offer irrespective of pension financials. Tier 1 is full pension benefit, tier 2 is 25% enhancement etc.
Question: is there any other treatments to pursue? I can't afford to be without a job but the pain I'm constantly in early that's the reality.