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I was put on LTD Because while I was at work I fainted while attempting to take blood and as a result I injured myself and the patient. Before I fell unconscious the best I can describe is the definition of a simple partial seizue. I have had many tests heart ct scan blood work eeg etc but all come back fine .. very frustrating as I discuss this with my doctor the description of these episodes she says maybe I'm having panic attacks I tried to express how this was very different but she ended up referrering me to a psychiatrist. His conclusion was that these episodes were not psychiatric related and he was the one that suggested I get an MRI done asap .and possibly rule out temporal lobe epilepsy. .Since I've been off Work i continue to have these unpredictable random episodes but have never lost consciousness (happy about that ) but after I'm so physically and mentally drained I go lie down and can feel like this for a few days after .Since I've been off I've noticed memory issues I'm constantly writing down notes as I'm forgetful which is embarrassing. It seems to take me forever to do a task and learning new things is a challenge could this be related ?I"m awaiting to have another eeg done and an MRI . While I'm waiting to have these done Ltd wants me to do a gradual return to work for two weeks then back on 6 day stretches . I'm not sure how to discuss this with my doctor ....
I work in the hospital on the wards and my job is very demanding and extremely overwhelming . I collect and handle blood , body tissue and fluids ,take down pertinent information and there is no room for error . I want to return but I have concerns with these other ongoing issues (memory issues ,trouble focusing /concentrating) . Am I putting myself and patients at risk I do not want to lose my job . I feel the insurance company is treating this like this is a back injury 2 week gradual return then right into fulltime 6 day stretches .without even having my pending tests.
In the meantime I need help discussing this with my doctor .
Thanks
Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Neurology
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I have had a metabolic panel done when this occurred and all my blood work came back fine . My concern right now is how do I express to my doctor while I await further testing a gradual return to work ? Not sure if these episodes that have occurred are a side effect of my difficulty in managing tasks and my difficulty in remembering but when they do occur it leaves me mentally and physically exhausted which in turn will impact my work as I cannot fulfill my job duties . So any suggestion on how to do a gradual return ? My job is extremely demanding and I don't wanna lose it as my "own occupation" will be changing to "any occupation"soon . I need answers but unfortunately it takes time to get an MRI appointment and eeg done and maybe what your saying could be anxiety ? So how do you suggest I approach a gradual return to work while I have pending tests to make a diagnosis?
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
ISo since I've had these episodes I've noticed issues with impaired short term memory and taking forever to do a task .. the neurologist I spoke with is waiting for the results of my MRI or EEG before he puts me on any medication. so my question is how do I go about discussing a gradual return to my doctor without compromising me or my patients and being some what compliant with the LTD insurance company?Any Recommendation as my " own job " will turn into "any job ". My job in the hospital is very demanding and Im worried I won't be able to fulfill my job duties as required as the insurance company what me to return full time 6 days stretches without knowing the final outcome .
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Can anxiety be a factor or cause of simple partial seizures relating to the temporal lobe part of the brain ?
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Neurologist: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 11 months ago
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Neurologist: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 11 months ago

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
if you answer each section that would be great
Neurologist: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 11 months ago
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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
I was put on LTD Because while I was at work I fainted while attempting to take blood and as a result I injured myself and the patient. Before I fell unconscious the best I can describe is the definition of a simple partial seizue. I have had many tests heart ct scan blood work eeg etc but all come back fine .. very frustrating as I discuss this with my doctor the description of these episodes she says maybe I'm having panic attacks I tried to express how this was very different but she ended up referrering me to a psychiatrist. His conclusion was that these episodes were not psychiatric related and he was the one that suggested I get an MRI done asap .and possibly rule out temporal lobe epilepsy. .Since I've been off Work i continue to have these unpredictable random episodes but have never lost consciousness (happy about that ) but after I'm so physically and mentally drained I go lie down and can feel like this for a few days after .Since I've been off I've noticed memory issues I'm constantly writing down notes as I'm forgetful which is embarrassing. It seems to take me forever to do a task and learning new things is a challenge could this be related ?I"m awaiting to have another eeg done and an MRI . While I'm waiting to have these done Ltd wants me to do a gradual return to work for two weeks then back on 6 day stretches . I'm not sure how to discuss this with my doctor ....
I work in the hospital on the wards and my job is very demanding and extremely overwhelming . I collect and handle blood , body tissue and fluids ,take down pertinent information and there is no room for error . I want to return but I have concerns with these other ongoing issues (memory issues ,trouble focusing /concentrating) . Am I putting myself and patients at risk I do not want to lose my job . I feel the insurance company is treating this like this is a back injury 2 week gradual return then right into fulltime 6 day stretches .without even having my pending tests.
In the meantime I need help discussing this with my doctor .
Thanks
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Are you able to answer me on this ?
Neurologist: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 10 months ago

have you had a sleep deprived EEG?

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
but there was no findings ,still awaiting an MRI
Customer reply replied 10 months ago
had a metabolic panel done when this occurred and all my blood work came back fine . My concern right now is how do I express to my doctor while I await further testing a gradual return to work ? Not sure if these episodes that have occurred are a side effect of my difficulty in managing tasks and my difficulty in remembering but when they do occur it leaves me mentally and physically exhausted which in turn will impact my work as I cannot fulfill my job duties . So any suggestion on how to do a gradual return ? My job is extremely demanding and I don't wanna lose it as my "own occupation" will be changing to "any occupation"soon . I need answers but unfortunately it takes time to get an MRI appointment and eeg done and maybe what your saying could be anxiety ? So how do you suggest I approach a gradual return to work while I have pending tests to make a diagnosis?
Neurologist: Dr. Phil, MD, Medical Doctor replied 10 months ago

have you discussed that you don't feel safe at work?

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