Have any of you ever undergone a functional capacity exam (fce)? As I'm unable to work, I've applied for disability benefits. However, they question whether I am "disabled" and want me to do an fce. As I understand it, an fce involves physical testing for several hours over a 2 day period. It tests things like lifting heavy boxes, carrying weights, running on a treadmill etc. The thing is, I can barely function in my own home- cooking is etremely dificult, I can't shovel snow or vacuum or even shop for groceries without causing my neck muscles to go into severe spasm and causing an etreme pain flare up. I've told my benefits company that there is no way that I can do an fce, so they're sending me to see a dr at this place to get his opinion as to whether i can do an fce. If he says i can, they've booked me for an fce for this thurs and friday. The thing is, the place that they want to send me has a very bad reputation for not believing in chronic pain, thinking chronic pain is psychological, forcing people to return to work when not ready etc. I can guess what their dr will say about my capability to do an fce (that I can). I'm absolutely scared out of my mind about all this. Even though my family could really use the money from the disability benefits, I'm of the mind that if the dr rules i'm fit to do an fce, I'll refuse (and likely be denied benefits). The thing is, after 8.5 years with chronic pain, I know my body (and how it responds) very well. I know that I CANNOT do an fce without causing an extreme pain flare up. Please help- what do I do?
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