I need some advice on how to handle a work situation.
I have a chronic illness which causes pain and fatigue, but it has not yet been officially diagnosed or documented. I have spoken to my doctor about it, and will be pursuing diagnosis and treatment.
I have occupational joint pain (sore elbows and wrists from working on the compute so much). Again, discussed with the doctor briefly, but not yet officially diagnosed or documented.
My employer has been giving me an unreasonable workload, and I have had to work several 70+ hour weeks, often putting in 14+ hour days. I frequently have to work over 60 hours a week. They acknowledge that we need an additional person. (I think we need three.) However, it's taken them months to look for that person and they have not had success. (I think they are probably offering below market rates, and are being inflexible about considering someone who would work remotely.)
Both my occupational pain and my chronic pain have significantly increased as a result. I have not been able to make a doctor's appointment, because the workload has been so heavy I literally can't make time... but I am doing that later today.
Yes--I need to find a new job. But it's going to take some time to find a writing (proposals or other business writing) job where I can work from home and make the salary I need.
In the meantime:
Can my doctor inform my employer that I should not work more than X hours? I can absolutely function working normal hours, even doing some overtime--but not the kind of hours the job is currently demanding. Can they interpret my inability to work these hours as an inability to do the job?
Should I talk to my manager first, or my doctor?
Should I talk to HR?