Thread: Short Term Disability Options?
03-29-2011, 06:39 AM #1
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- Portland, Oregon
Short Term Disability Options?
I have run out of sick days at work and want to try getting Short Term Disability. My problem is that I only have bad flare days every so often, and I can usually return to work in the next day or two, so I'm not missing a week at a time or anything like that. Has anyone found that their employer can provide disability payments for occasional days off, rather than a consecutive string of days? Did you have to jump through hoops, like getting doctor's letters? Any input or experiences you have had would be very helpful. Thanks!
03-29-2011, 07:58 AM #2
Yes, check and see if your company has FMLA. You can take what is called intermittent leave which allows you to take days off when flaring or needing to go to therapy or doctor appointments. Your doctor will have to fill out some forms and send them in. You'll likely have to make sure they get the forms and then remind them to fax them to your provider ON TIME. I was on this for a year and it was great knowing that I didn't have to worry about being fired because I had physical therapy 2 times a week. I'm not on it anymore b/c I only need PT about 2 times a month now and I schedule it for every other Monday.Your Friend,
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03-29-2011, 06:32 PM #3
I was going to suggest intermittent FMLA as well. You can call in at the last minute and you are protected. There are rules about lenghty time out of work and whether or not they have to hold your specific position or just give you another one of equal pay. If you just need time off here and there it is great.
SandraLink to the patient information, everything from What is IC? to Disability
American Urological Association Clinical Guideline
Diagnosis and Treatment of Intersitial Cysitis/Painful Bladder Syndrom
03-30-2011, 06:00 AM #4
Intermittent FMLA is a good option to protect your job. However, if you are out of sick leave and vacation time you will have to take it as leave without pay. I'm not aware of disability payments being made for days here and there?In remission since Aug 2009!
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http://interstitial-cystitis-diet.bl...nosis-and.html *** http://www.auanet.org/content/guidel...ent_ic-bps.pdf
What helped me get to and stay in remission? stress reduction, diet, time, meditation, stress reduction, stress reduction, stress reduction!--I no longer take medications for IC, PFD,VV, anxiety, or depression. Making career and lifestyle changes to reduce stress and learning techniques to manage anxiety set the stage for my bladder to heal.
My history: No history of bladder issues***Onset of IC and VV sxs Nov 2003***Diagnosed Nov 2004 based on symptoms and hydro/biopsy results***Cysto-Hydro did not give therapeutic relief, I had complications and long recovery ***Hunner's Ulcers found and removed during hydro***Symptoms: the usual~pain, burning, spasms, frequency, urgency, nocturia, lower back and upper thigh pain, very bloated "IC Belly"
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03-23-2013, 07:15 AM #5
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- Chicago, IL
As far as short term disability, they wouldn't let me take intermittent days since I would never need to be out more than like 2-3 days at once. However, lets say I had an in/outpatient procedure or emergency then I can use my short term disability on that (even if i only miss one day) and I get paid 60% of my salary for each day I miss. If its not an emergency, I need to make the claim at least 30 or so days in advance.
I have blue cross blue shield so that's what I've been told.
They gave my doctor a very thorough packet thing to fill out.
Hope this helps!!-Sophie
Symptoms started 12/23/12.
Frequent urination (peeing every hour) and urgency. Painful sex in my pelvis. Waking up 1-3 times a night to pee.
What Iím doing and praying these work :
Elmirol 100 mg. Hair is beginning to fall out. Doctor has me take 2 pills a day instead of 3.
Elavil, Myrbetriq, Physical therapy, Acupuncture, Instillations, Baths, Tens machine.
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03-23-2013, 07:42 AM #6
This is an old thread, but the information is correct --- family leave is not usually paid leave. Sometimes you can transfer vacation time for sickness, however.
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04-15-2013, 10:04 AM #7
I am out of sick time myself, and currently use my vacation leave when needed as my flares last usually only a few days as well. I have not discussed any other options besides being put into another division within my department for much considerable less pay. I will have to look into FMLA intermittent leave.
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