The diagnosis of multiple sclerosis is a shock to most sufferers. Multiple Sclerosis (MS), the thousand-faced disease, causes anxiety and insecurity. The chronic disease represents a drastic change in all areas of life so far and means a redefinition of the professional and private future for the most young patients. MS varies considerably from patient to patient. While some sufferers are severely impaired and sometimes even die from it, many others can live with it without great restrictions. Therefore, the MS diagnosis should not automatically lead to the professional task. On the contrary, many MS patients get even better with the disease through the distraction and the confirmation of the job.
Full time job with MS
Whether an MS patient decides to retire from work depends, of course, on how seriously he or she is affected by the disease. If he can hardly get up from bed due to extreme tiredness (fatigue) and pain, working full time is out of the question.
However, patients who are well-versed in their illness and comfortable with their job can easily stay in work. After all, over a third of all MS sufferers in Germany work until the retirement age in a normal job. If you are not sure whether you can meet the demands of a full-time job, you should first consult with your doctor, then with the employer.
Before you quit your job altogether, measures such as retraining, part-time work, part-time employment, or transfer within the company to a less strenuous job would be conceivable. This not only contributes to the financial independence and self-confidence of the patient, but also gives the boss the experience and competence of a valuable employee.
Tell the colleagues of MS?
Sure, if you expect support from your boss in the form of flexible working hours or a transfer, you need to educate him about your motivations. However, if you are able to remain in your previous job and remain unchanged, it is up to you to tell employers and colleagues about the illness.
If your job offers a harmonious working environment, it can be helpful to play with open cards. Inform colleagues exactly about multiple sclerosis and your MS symptoms and personal ailments. If you have sympathetic employees, they will be more considerate in future if you suffer from tiredness or poor concentration.
Explain, however, that MS patients do not automatically land in a wheelchair, but that the disease can be very different. Thus, you relieve your colleagues of the fear and reluctance of MS and show them that they can continue to count on a full-fledged employee. By law, MS patients are not required to talk about the disease on the job. Unless the symptoms of multiple sclerosis pose a danger to you and others in your job.
If you experience episodes of dizziness, balance problems, and lack of concentration, you should avoid working at heights or on heavy machinery.