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Disclose Disabled Status for Job? Degenerative Disc Disease

KiskiMomKKiskiMom Posts: 2
edited 11/04/2015 - 11:22 AM in Lower Back Pain
Hi all;

Been lurking for such a long time. These boards have given me so much information and have helped me to feel like I'm not alone in moving through this experience. Thank you to all. I'm 41 years old, have degenerative disc disease, scoliosis, sciatica in both legs, bulging & torn discs from S-1 to L-3, one in my thoracic spine, and one at C-7. I'm trying my best to avoid surgery through pain management (injections and meds) & PT.

I don't qualify for disability assistance due to my husband's income just barely being too high. (Trust me a family cannot make ends meet here in the DC area on his one income.)

I'm a Certified Medical Assistant and was recently laid off due to budget restraints at my practice. I worked there a year and was able to manage 40 hours a week by gritting my teeth on bad days and wearing my back brace. The doctor I worked for knew my history, and I never missed a day of work due to my pain.

I'm sure many of you know how challenging the job market is right now and I've been trying since August to get hired into positions in doctor's offices to positions in retail.

Would anyone be comfortable sharing your experience in searching for a job and what you disclose to potential employers regarding your pain? I'm wondering if telling an employer that I have a disability would scare them off or would the ADA be an asset in my search?

I look forward to hearing your stories, and if anyone has any advice regarding applying for disability I'm going back to the SS office on Friday 11/6 to apply again for disability benefits as my issues have gotten worse since I applied in 2011.

Again, thank you all for sharing your stories. (Moderators, apologies if this has been posted in an inappropriate forum.)
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