I'm an amputee of 2 years, I have been suffering from phantom pain since the day I had my lower leg removed.
I live in New Zealand where we have the Accident Compensarion Corporation - where if you have an accident that stops you from working they will pay you 80% of your wages, assist with rehab etc. my amputation was a result of medical misadventure - basically I had a broken foot which was diagnosed as a sprain I then got an infection in the bone and my foot turned to chalk.
Anyway I pushed myself to get back to work after 3 months - I worked for about 3 months until the constant pain and resulting fatigue, nausea etc meant I needed to take a leave of absence - my work were good and gave me 3 months of where I tried new drugs (gabapentin and amitriptyline) both of which didn't agree with me. Physical therapy, psychologist etc.
Got back to work, 3 months later a crash again due to the pain and fatigue.
I've been off work since then, I've lost my job and relying on ACC
I received a letter today from them saying that they don't believe the reason I am off is due to pain, but due to the fact I am depressed.
I'm depressed because I'm in so much pain and I am so tired - but I still work at PT see the psychologist
I still want to work - but couldn't at the moment - I don't think anyone would employ me with the unstable way the pain makes me.
The next option the doctors advised would be morphine or Oxy - but considering I'm a zombie on tramadol - I don't think that will get me anywhere close to going back to work.
I'm reluctant to try these as they are both addictive - but if it would get me out of bed and be able to function will give it a go