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Survivors Reporting Chronic Neuropathic Pain Struggle to Retain Jobs

Cancer survivors who reported chronic neuropathic pain 5 years after diagnosis suffered more job-related difficulties.

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4 thoughts on “Survivors Reporting Chronic Neuropathic Pain Struggle to Retain Jobs

  1. I found this post to be very relevant and something that I don’t feel is discussed enough and that there is an extreme lack of awareness, and in some cases employee rights. It’s been difficult for me to find, and then to maintain employment because of my pain (along with other conditions). There are employment laws designed to protect employers from termination by having to provide accomodations for people with disabilities. The problem is, for me twofold, chronic pain is generally not perceived as a disability although at times it is very debilatating, so disclosing is risky. Also much of my work, when I can get it, is either freelance or contract where I really don’t have any rights. As a result, my performance is often perceived negatively due to absence. It’s a vicious cycle for me as well. Since it is hard for me to find employment in the current extremely ‘s competitive job market, I really on Canada’s (well actually my province, Ontario) disability support program – the amount I receive is very difficult to survive on. I do get a drug benefit so I can get any sort of painkiller for free – which for me is not the optimum form of pain management. I do have success with combinations of chiropractor, or osteopathy or Registered Message Therapy but I have to pay out of pocket and there is no room in my budget, so I am essentially forced to rely on opioids or narcotics for extreme pain management. Now of course. opioids and narotics are now considered a public health issue due to addiction and overdoses and soon access will be further restricted and controlled – that takes away my choice, not that I really have one. Sorry for the long comment but I think there is a strong correlation between pain and poverty and I thank you for providing a forum for me to express that. Stay well, Harlon


    1. You are right, and I also live in Canada. CPP was hell to get for my mental illness (major depression), but I can’t imagine being approved for chronic migraines that I’ve had since I was in my teens. Chronic illness is invisible illness, therefore, difficult to prove how horrible or severe the pain is. I hate when they use the pain scale – really how do you measure pain? 1-10, 1-20? Stupid method, and when you tell the doc all he says is, oh!

      Thanks for commenting and sharing. đŸ™‚

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