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Discrimination

Has anyone had to fight being discriminated against because of their health? What measures did you take to rectify it? Any suugests/help welcome. I am being removed from my shift and placed on an earlier one (which will make it even harder for me to work because if I wake with migraine, I have no time to alleviate it). I have FMLA and will seek help from the Union, but I'd like to be as prepared as possible to fight this. Thanks.

  1. Hi @Kathead,

    Thank you for reaching out to us with your question. I am sorry to hear you are dealing with this. It must be incredibly frustrating for you. Let me see what information I can give you that may help.

    The first thing that comes to mind is you mentioned you wake with migraine pain. Many times when this happens, it may be an indication of a sleep issue. There are many sleep issues that can trigger morning migraine attacks - not just sleep apnea. Restless leg to name one. You may want to consider having a conversation with your doctor about having sleep study done to see if your sleep patterns are playing a role in morning migraine attacks.

    The ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act may be helpful in this instance. Let me share our information on it with you; https://migraine.com/migraine-basics/ada-accommodations-the-workplace/.

    Please keep me posted,
    Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator

    1. Thank you, Nancy, I will check out your information. My migraines are far from being limited to the morning, but it helps to have time for meds or other practices to work.
      Oops, just tried the links, but they lead to 404 pages. Thanks, still.

    2. HI @Kathead,

      I'm not sure about that link, it opened for me? Maybe try the copy and paste method? Will you let me know if you still have trouble with it?

      Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator

  2. Hi @Kathead,

    I hear you. Even though attacks may occur throughout the day, a sleep study may be worth investing. If we can reduce some of our triggers, we may see a reduction in attack frequency.

    Have a great day!
    Nancy Harris Bonk, Patient Advocate/Moderator

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