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Jan 12, 2016 10:16 AM

I have been debating with myself. I have always had a job since I was 18. And I have been wondering, when is it ok for me to throw in the towel. When can I be comfortable in saying that I have tried, but I failed to be able to carry on. I haven't gone to see a pain management doctor yet, because still waiting on insurance. But what if the things that he/she suggest, don't work or help? What should I do?

Jan 12, 2016 11:08 AM

I stopped working last year because at work I was fainting from the pain and sweating like I was running a marathon. It's a hard thing to tell yourself you can't do anymore but I truly couldn't. Before I quit I had seen 4 doctors and had two surgeries to try and help my CRPS. It's all up to what your job is and how much you work.

Jan 12, 2016 11:54 AM

Shortone, that's a personal question for each of us, based on our own situations. I left work in 2010 for surgery, knowing if needed a year of too recuperate. By the time 2014 came around and I continued to decline in health, that's when I threw in the towel and said forget about returning to work. I kept self doubting my decision. Then last year more issues and dx jumped on board, including the need to use a cane, walker, or motorized cart. My doc told me I'll never be able to return to a job.

I would suggest giving a pain doctor a chance, possibly modify your schedule and/or duties, and give yourself a timeline (6 mos, 12 mos, etc). If you do like I did them it's probably time to accept that you just can't do it anymore. There is no shame in not being able to, because we are not fakers. There will be depression, anxiety, and maybe judgements from others. But you have to do what is best for you. Hugs & prayers for peace with whatever you decide! 😷🌼

Jan 12, 2016 12:20 PM

Thsts a hard question to answer it is also a very personal one. I stopped working this time last year. U could say I was forced to stop. I had been really sick form months before and kept working I fell out at work and ended up being hospitalized with pneumonia for two weeks I've never been well enough to return. I miss working mostly I miss the check and the independence. However all that's happened this past year its no wayni could work . I would say if u decide to leave work I would try to have many bills paid and hopefully some sort of savings. But if your body is saying to rest u should listen to it.

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