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Can you get work with a herniated disc?

I have a central herniated disc that causes low back pain. I don't qualify for disability because I don't have a positive straight leg test. At the same time I'm afraid most employers won't even bother hiring someone with a disc injury as it is extremely limited physical labor and even the most basic jobs require people to lift garbage. My brother says just be up front about the injury but I feel that'll just disgust them immediately. Thoughts or advice?



  • Hi ryanneedshelp...I don't think there is a right answer. If you are physically unable to do a job I am not sure it is a question of hiding it or disclosing it...I think it is a matter of being unable to do that job and needing to find a different line of work. If you did not qualify for disability but have significant back problems I think you might do better at another type of job. Unfortunately back problems don't really seem to improve much and hard physical back work will maybe not be in your best interest. Good luck.

  • Do you have pain in your leg or only your back?

    Many people have to change careers due to injuries. Maybe you could get a desk job or something that’s less physically demanding than a physically demanding job.

    Disability can be very hard to get and if it keeps you home 24/7 depression might compound the issue. I always say do something (anything) if you can, as that’s more favorable than doing nothing.

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