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Sick Leave Length? - TCAT

chadk

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Writing this in bed severely frustrated at the last few months.  Haven't shared on here, but have been dealing with bad headaches and vertigo and nausea since end of May.  Has not gone away.  Have been seeing Military medical throughout and civilian doctors as well as having MRI's, CAT Scans, hearing tests and a few hospital stays.  The military doctors keep prescribing medications attempting to alleviate some of the headaches but nothing has been helping so far.....but my question really is for any medical folks in regards to wondering how long the medical side can continue to keep me on bed rest and sick leave?....so far it has been 3 months at home.  Myself, i would love to work and be in uniform, and have on occasion tried to convince doctors to allow me but the problem is that i have both noise and light sensitivity, cannot turn my head in any direction without becoming dizzy, or even read a book for more than a few moments. I have also had my civilian drivers licence taken...or at least told by the doctor that i had been sick long enough that they had to report me to the ministry of transportation.

My T-Cat started in June for 3 months and then was extended.  6 months will be up in February.
 

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chadk said:
Writing this in bed severely frustrated at the last few months.  Haven't shared on here, but have been dealing with bad headaches and vertigo and nausea since end of May.  Has not gone away.  Have been seeing Military medical throughout and civilian doctors as well as having MRI's, CAT Scans, hearing tests and a few hospital stays.  The military doctors keep prescribing medications attempting to alleviate some of the headaches but nothing has been helping so far.....but my question really is for any medical folks in regards to wondering how long the medical side can continue to keep me on bed rest and sick leave?....so far it has been 3 months at home.  Myself, i would love to work and be in uniform, and have on occasion tried to convince doctors to allow me but the problem is that i have both noise and light sensitivity, cannot turn my head in any direction without becoming dizzy, or even read a book for more than a few moments. I have also had my civilian drivers licence taken...or at least told by the doctor that i had been sick long enough that they had to report me to the ministry of transportation.

My T-Cat started in June for 3 months and then was extended.  6 months will be up in February.

Not entirely sure if you have a question here or are just venting your frustrations.

If your local Health Care Service Professional has placed you on Sick Leave, then they probably did so for a good reason.  Even though you may not agree with it and or have the urge to get back to work, think about the people that you will or maybe working with/for and the impact on them.

It's a shitty spot to be in but you need to look after your health, first and foremost.  Returning to work is secondary.  Other than that and on the Admin side, you can expect TCAT's to last for up to 18 months, before it could become a PCAT recommendation.

Don't worry about the CAF or your job.  Now is the time for you, to look after YOU and to do whatever is needed to get better.

PS - if you want to read up on "Sick Leave", then here you go.  --->  http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/caf-community-benefits/leave-policy.page#chap6
 

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chadk said:
Writing this in bed severely frustrated at the last few months.  Haven't shared on here, but have been dealing with bad headaches and vertigo and nausea since end of May.  Has not gone away.  Have been seeing Military medical throughout and civilian doctors as well as having MRI's, CAT Scans, hearing tests and a few hospital stays.  The military doctors keep prescribing medications attempting to alleviate some of the headaches but nothing has been helping so far.....but my question really is for any medical folks in regards to wondering how long the medical side can continue to keep me on bed rest and sick leave?....so far it has been 3 months at home.  Myself, i would love to work and be in uniform, and have on occasion tried to convince doctors to allow me but the problem is that i have both noise and light sensitivity, cannot turn my head in any direction without becoming dizzy, or even read a book for more than a few moments. I have also had my civilian drivers licence taken...or at least told by the doctor that i had been sick long enough that they had to report me to the ministry of transportation.

My T-Cat started in June for 3 months and then was extended.  6 months will be up in February.

I'm not in the Medical field, but I've experienced something similar in the past, multiple scans and tests, meds, and nothing really helped.

Not sure how far they've gone or what has been found, I'd ask about Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (Jaw).

Damage, pressure, stress, and misalignment can cause many of the symptoms you described and I experienced as well. Nobody found it until I had X-Rays done at a routine dental exam.

I had Arthrocentesis to repair it and I've never had a problem since. Just a thought.
 

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LunchMeat said:
I'm not in the Medical field, but I've experienced something similar in the past, multiple scans and tests, meds, and nothing really helped.

Not sure how far they've gone or what has been found, I'd ask about Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (Jaw).

Damage, pressure, stress, and misalignment can cause many of the symptoms you described and I experienced as well. Nobody found it until I had X-Rays done at a routine dental exam.

I had Arthrocentesis to repair it and I've never had a problem since. Just a thought.

See also,

OP: chadk

chadk said:
Came across this thread in search of vertigo issues.  Wonder if anyone can shed some light on what happens if a military member has been suffering from dizzy spells ( not yet diagnosed)

This has only been 5 months.  I have spent a majority of my time ashore on sick leave at home rather than at work because of the dizzy spells and frustrated because not only has the military doctor told the ministry of transportation about my vertigo (knew that would happen) but I haven't been allowed to return to work.... they continue to think that I'm better off at home.  How long can the doctor keep me at home?

Also wondering if all efforts are exhausted to treat the symptoms and it continues how long of a process can it be before release? What I mean is can the doctor recommended a medical release after only one TCAT?

I'm in no way meeting my universality of service as I can't work in my element, sitting at a desk does not make a difference, and can't even work out without becoming dizzy.  This has basically become a nightmare.

ArmyDoc said:
I recommend that you research the Epley Procedure, which is used to reposition the canaliths in your inner ear. If your GDMO is not familiar, ask for a referral to ENT/otolaryngology (which you should do in any case, if you haven't yet had a specialist assessment). Disabling BPPV has the potential to both end your career as well as have long-term negative implications for your quality of life.

chadk said:
Thanks I will definitely talk to the hospital about the epley manoeuvre.  I apparently will be having an appointment with a neurologist at some point and have seen a physio therapist one time so far.  I've already had an MRI and a test where they shoot water into the ear canal.  Since the onset of dizziness back in May I can say that it has already changed the quality of life I was enjoying.  Taken off ship and not even being allowed to work in an office setting... plus losing my civilian drivers license doesn't help.  I will talk again with someone tomorrow at the MIR about how much time they can physically continue to give me to be on bed rest or can someone here clarify ?

chadk said:
...but my question really is for any medical folks in regards to wondering how long the medical side can continue to keep me on bed rest and sick leave?

For reference, perhaps,

Sick Leave Length? - TCAT

will be merged with,

Sick Days/Sick Leave/Calling in Sick.
http://army.ca/forums/threads/107620.50
3 pages.


 
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