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  • By Anonymous

    Hello! I’ve had migraines for about ten years now. I’m 22 years old. I’m nervous to get a new job or even go to school for a new career. I know that I miss work a couple times every other week every month in the summertime. I am afraid of getting fired for them but I’ve seen so many doctors and there’s nothing they are doing that’s helping me. If anyone has experience with getting fired for them or problems relating to their job please let me know.

    I’ve been stuck with this job I have now cause I know they don’t care if I miss work, but if I go to college and get a great job then I’m afraid I’ll just get fired every summer.

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  • By Anonymous

    Last year I had three migraines in June the 6th, 9th and 11th. Then I had three in August the 8th, the 11th, and the 19th. I had one September 5th. I missed worked on all those days.

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  • By ZSharon

    I didn’t get fired from my last job for migraines in particular, but the symptoms resulted in my not being as effective as was required. I tried to explain my condition, but to no avail. That being said, I refuse to let chronic migraines control my life.

    I support you pursuing your dreams regardless. Perhaps your dream job needs to include some flexibility. Or better yet, you find a job where they understand your pain and brain fog. You’re worth it.

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  • By Jai

    If your job offers FMLA, I would see about trying to get some type of approval to not be punished or fired due to medical reasons. You should be able to speak with your supervisor or HR for information on what you need to do.

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  • By Simon

    I’ve missed loads of work days due to migraine over the years. I do still feel guilty when I have to leave half way through a day but the overwhelming majority of employers I have found to be supportive.

    When I have recovered and return to work I find the guilt I feel and the fact my employer is supportive inspires me to work harder and better which probably has a positive effect on my career as a whole.

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  • By Katie M. Golden Moderator

    Sharelen92,
    As someone mentioned, your job can be protected under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). An employer is legally required to keep your job for you if you have medical issues. In a one year time frame, you can take up to 12 weeks off of work due to health reasons and they cannot fire you. It does not have to be 12 consecutive weeks. Maybe June is a bad month and you take 4 weeks off and then in September you need another 3 weeks off. All of that would be covered under FMLA. Each time you take off and want it to be counted under FMLA, you would need proper medical documentation.

    One thing to know about FMLA is that you cannot be fired, but it does not mean you will necessarily get paid while you are off. You can use vacation time, sick time and other paid time off to get paid, but once you’ve used that up, your employer is not required to pay you under FMLA. If you want to research this further, here are a few articles to get you started:
    https://migraine.com/blog/migraines-and-unexcused-absences-from-work/
    https://migraine.com/blog/the-family-medical-leave-act-migraine-patients/

    -Katie
    Migraine.com Moderator

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  • By blueangel1980

    I have been dealing with Migraines off and on since i was 16. i am currently 34 I currently work in a call center and my Migraines have slowly over the past 6 months or so gotten progressively worse. I now have anywhere from two to four a week. I have not been able to work since sometime in February. I am afraid that i a going to run out of fmla and loose my job before they figure out something that will work. I am open to any ideas. I have scans scheduled and am trying to look up but it is very hard.

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