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Back Pain, Work & Medication

ChetCChet Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I've read numerous responses were people that undergone surgery and are working with pain are still employed. My question is how many of these people found a new company that will hire them knowing their problem.

I have been out of work for 17 months due to surgery, back pain, ddd or whatever doctors call it, and presently taking Oxycontin and Oxycondone two to three times a day.

Can't find a job if life depended on it and that's what it coming to. Are there really that many employers willing to take a chance on people like us. I can't even get help from OVR for employment.

God Bless the ones that do.


  • I sympathize with you. This economy isn't helping either. Have you looked into any kind of home based businesses? There are companies who now sub contract things like customer service. Calls get routed to your house. You agree to answer calls during certain hours and are paid an hourly wage. I have a friend who has a chronic pain condition and she found employment this way. Lots of companies are doing it to keep from paying the overhead associated with running large call centers and all of the expenses that come with it. It's worth a try.
  • I've been lucky enough to change into a position from hospital to MD's office. As a nurse it's totally hard to find a job that will take you w/a bum back AND pain meds on board. I know that I am SO lucky, with an understanding employer. I agree w/trying for a home based...something. I even thought about doing that (triage nursing). I guess depending on what you're doing now...can you relate it to anything that can be done from home? As for the meds, you kinda have to be up front if they do any type of drug testing or if you have to do anything that requires machinery, or intricate work that takes intense concentration or multi-tasking(like patient care in my case). Hopefully others come along w/other ideas. I know this wasn't real helpful, but hopefully you feel empathized with! :)
  • I believe that as long as you can perform your job as required, you are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act with regards to discrimination against you for taking medications. I may be oversimplifying - but do look into that (you can probably Google it) if you are concerned about legal rights and what you do / do not need to disclose.
  • I should know better, being an international community. IF you are in the US, this may help :)))
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