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Mar 19, 2016 1:03 AM

So I lost my job as an Electrical Designer in November last year....that in itself is stressful...I have been doing some freelance work to tide me over....I got some good news the other day that I received a job offer day....super excited until found out that the company wants a full physical....now most places require a drug test...no big deal...since it's typically an office job and my CRPS doesn't keep me from doing well at my job...most days....

How do you explain your condition to a physician (who doesnt know you or your condition) that can tell a potential employer that you have more than one physical limitation (I am completely blind in my right eye in addition to the CRPS) so now I'm stressed about whether I have just lost the job I needed so desperately.

In addition to all of this I have been helping my mom since she has chronic pain as well. Most days I do most of the work at both our homes but today she took care of me... i am in so much pain right now I can't think straight and dizziness and nausea have set in. I really hate this....apologize for the rambling on incoherently...

Mar 19, 2016 1:28 AM

Don't be sorry for rambling. Being in chronic pain and part of this support group gives you a free pass and a right to rant and complain about your life and pain when you NEED to. Sometimes we just need to release what we are feeling inside and hope that someone is listening. Like I am listening to you right now.

I am glad that you got that job offer. It means that you have worked hard to acquire the skills and experience to gain entrance to this job. You did that. They must have notice that. Have you been blind in your right eye for a long time and still doing this job. I have a feeling you did. I think they will take notice of that. If you weren't blind in the one eye before, surely working with one eye can't hold you back. You sound like a strong person.

It sounds like you have been working with this condition and it has not got in the way of your work before. If it has, I am sorry because CRPS is very painful. Where is your pain site at?

I can see why you are under a lot of stress though. That is a long time to not work. That can be tough on the finances. My best wishes to a new job and a good physical. I really don't think they will hold that over you.

Mar 19, 2016 1:47 AM

I have been blind in that eye since birth...my CRPS is in my right foot...I have it for 8 years...for the most part the physical went well....my blood pressure was good...hearing test was good...my diet is working...but the Dr says he will have to put some work restrictions on his report... won't find out what they are until I hear from the job next week. I hope you are right....thank you for listening :)

Mar 19, 2016 2:05 AM

I would make sure the new employer is aware that you have been fully employed in the past, and although you have some physical limitations, the brain they are hiring is awesome!

Mar 19, 2016 2:44 AM

I think Profiler and PC have answered wonderfully. I'm glad the health check wasn't a nightmare and sincerely hope your prospective employer doesn't hold your conditions against you. You are clearly a strong and able person and have worked with your conditions for years or all your life. I can see no reason why they'd treat as anything other than a capable employee.
Best of luck with it all.

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