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    Hi. I am hoping to get some advice.

    I have been single mum for 12 years now. I have two boys. I have worked for the same company for 12 years doing 30 hours per week. In July this year I started suffering from heath problems such as extreme dizziness, off balance feeling, problems with vision and brain fog. I stared getting anxiety attacks whilst driving to and back from work and eventually I got taken to hospital by ambulance from the motorway cause I was unable to drive. I have been signed off work since then. Unfortunately doctors don’t seem to treat my symptoms seriously. I have seen ENT to rule out inner ear problems. Then I went to an optician. They don’t want to refer me to MRI or offer any other treatment. Every day USA struggle for me. I’m dizzy and weak all the time. I can’t take my boys to school because I can’t drive. Shopping and cooking are a big challenge. My boys help me a lot but its really hard cause my family depends on me and I barely function. I’m worried about work. They are not helpful at all. It’s a big company and they have strict sickness policy biy offer no support. They stopped paying me so I’m on statutory sick pay only now. My housing benefit has been increased a bit due to lower income but that’s it and I’m worried I will struggle to pay my rent, bills, food. Do you know if I can apply for any support in my situation? Should my company offer me any support? How else can I demand treatment from my doctor? I will be grateful for any advice.

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    Hi Shelly. I had some similar symptoms to you a couple years ago. I went to the doctor several times and in the end saw a consultant and had an MRI with nothing sinister going on. That took a while to happen though and my symptoms lessened by the time I had it. Do you get good days or are your symptoms continuous?

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    Hi there Shelley78,

    Thanks for your post and welcome to our amazing community of single parents. We just wanted to let you know that we’ve dropped you an email with some information that might help, as it sounds like you might need to reach out for some expert advice to help you through this. I’m sorry to hear that you’re going through such a difficult time – you’re not alone and we hear you. Please take a look at your inbox when you have a moment as we want you to be safe, supported and well.

    We encourage other parents to share their tips, stories and support.

    Take care

    Poppy at Gingerbread

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    I get better days but not many. I feel better maybe 1 day a week and then the symptoms return. I’m now being referred to a neurologist. Thank you for your reply. I hope to get the diagnosis and treatment soon.

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    You’re welcome. Do you have friends and family for support and to talk to about it?

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    I also suffer from a chronic illness so I can completely relate. I’m getting PIP benefit which is helpful at the moment and am looking for other benefits which are supposed to be available to us. I will post here as soon as I find out more.

    Stay strong 🙂

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    I have similar problem and beat it with low gi diet (NO SUGAR, also in all products) already 4  years, constantly on supplements and that works. There are many good books, dr Axe site is good. one must read a lot in order to learn. One thing is a problem only – good food costs, supplements, even bought in bulk – too ./ 🙂  Best!!

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