I feel okay when I am not working but when I go back the pain is terrible. Has anyone gone on disability due to this.
It depends on the diagonse of what the cause of your neropathy is plus how much documentation you have. Took my dad 4 doctors just to get VA benefits, but he still teaches as long as he is medicated. He saw many doctors before, but his neropathy is due to either agent orange or lymes. Now if it's from diabetes that's a different story.
I quit working about a year ago. I am trying for disability however it takes a long time. I have trouble sitting too long, standing too long and at times have trouble walking. Not to mention it is hard to focus on work when you are in pain. You make mistakes because it is hard to concentrate. That is my experience. I still don't know if I deserve disabilty. I worked for two years with the pain before I quit. All I am saying is you shouldn't feel bad if you decide to go for disability. Everyone handles pain differently. No one knows how much pain you are in except you!
I recently had to retire from active duty work, as a paramedic. I have nerve issues due to a shoulder injury suffered on duty. 23 years in EMS have caused me to have issues in both shoulders from the years of lifting. I had an 80% tear in the right bicept tendon and 100% tears in supraspinatus and subscapularis rotator muscles and had correcrive surgery. The surgery was a complete success. I was pain free and back at work in 3 1/2 months... then a psychiatric combative patient grabbed my arm and relentlessly jerked and pulled on it, causing the nerve damage, as the surgeon had rerouted the normal path of the nerve.
Nerve pain is difficult to treat, as a dammaged nerve is a different beast than a pulled muscle or sprain where pain is caused by an inflammatory response or swelling... Narcotics may help slightly but a medication more like Lyrica or Gabapentin, they slow conduction of nerve electrical impulses, aiding in more effective pain reduction. Also, pain causes depression and depression can increase the sensation of pain. An antidepressant may aid in reducing pain levels if added to the regimine. Also, E-Stim and TENS or implanted stimulators seem to work very well for nerve related pain, as it interferes with the impulses directly.
The goal with any pain management is to find the right combination to keep the pain level tolerable so a near as possible to normal daily life can be obtained. Something a lot of chronic sufferers already know but people that have recent chronic issues don't realize... they think they will be treated to be completely pain free... overexpectation. I pray you can find a treatment regimine that suits you and your unique situation. Don't give up, try and stay positive and never be afraid to get a second or third physician opinipn but if you are in pain management YOU MUST LET THE DOCTOR KNOW or you can be terminated from the practice and accused of "doctor shopping" (also, remember to tell any healthcar provider you see if you are in management, especially emergency department and EMS personnel, if transported by ambulance... pain managment or not, if my patients are in legitimate pain, I would treat their pain to the best of my ability, due to limited medications used in EMS).
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