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at wits end and now got new job?? do I tell?

eden.edeneeden.eden Posts: 1
I've had a prolapsed disk for 12 years with on/off back pain.

18months ago sitting up in bed with hacking cough, the nerve in right leg got trapped and has been unrelenting sciatic pain ever since. I can bend forward and touch my toes with no problem but slightest flex back is mega pain, pins/needles/numbness. Can sit ok, standing and walking very limited. Can manage few mins before pain kicks in bad.

Had epidural injections with 25% improvement for 1 month. Recently tried Butrans patches (buprenorphine) no help. Am seeing a spinal surgeon at end of month. Recently (6 months) having really bad pains in left foot - don't know if connected or not. Tried all sorts of meds previously over 10 years for back pain but pain clinic won't let me retry them for the sciatica.

Have just been offered new job starting the day after seeing the surgeon after months of unemployment. But have to have occupational health check first. How much do I tell them????? Scared of losing the job if I say I might have to have time off for an op. On the other hand the surgeon may not want to operate - but as it stands I have no other pain relief and am exhausted with it all. Am also being treated for depression with counselling and anti-depressants.

Am so confused. I really need this job as money situation is dire.

Has anyone any advice please?


  • You only tell them what they need to know.
    If they ask, give them enough to make a fair assessment of your safety and ability but no need to say "I fear I might need a surgery" because you may not.

    Honesty is key but answer the questions asked, and no more.

    Not sure if this helps.
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