Hi Folks,I am male and live in Dublin, Ireland.I had a Medtronic sens implant in May 2010. But as you are aware the population here is very small eg 4.5 m. Hence the pain team are quite good but have limited knowledege of patient problems. I am 42 now and was envolved in RTA in 2004,resulting in L5 damage, I am fully mobile and have reduced my meds (now only 4xzydol, 1xbaclofen and 1xzispin(anti-depress) per day). My main problem besides not being able to sit, stand, lift, bend, stretch...(you get the picture). I get fatigued very quickly and need to rest(I am not overweight and walk most days).
My Pain doctor is shocked Im not back in work and has said he did not put the unit into me for me not to have a job!
I understand he wants me to have a better quality of life but no employers here will touch me after being off work for the last 5 years and still on meds. This is a new problem here and nobody wants to deal with it.
I'd like to know are there many people with sens implants in the general workforce and what kind of work you can do.
Any ideas on what work I can do from home.
I only know of 2 other people with sens implants in Dublin, 1 got it taken out after a few months and the other is on permanent disability.