Posted 2/10/2013 8:50 AM (GMT -7)
I'm no doctor, and I'm not in Canada. It depends on how you want to proceed. I'm not sure what kind of work you do.
If the workplace can accommodate you, and you feel you can do your job, then OK. Give it a try. If the pain is too much, report to your doctor. If your doc is saying you are not ready, a visit to a psychologist to work out some of the issues in your mind may help you reach a conclusion. It's probably not a bad idea anyway, as ongoing pain and psychological issues go hand in hand.
If you really cannot work, every time they send you a letter, see another doctor, with the notes from the previous doctors, and have his opinion backed up.
And yes, if one source of pain is removed, other underlying pain will reveal itself. Like when you are at a concert, and you hear your phone ringing between songs, and realize you missed 3 calls.
As far as accepting being unable to work, that is a tough one to grapple with. Just realize that it does not devalue you as a person or a friend. And also understand that there are people in your life, even family members, who will turn their back no matter how you explain it, so steel yourself for that. It's a good possibility you will lose friends. I did, and I'm sure many people here did too, if they lost the ability to do anything, such as drive, work, do household chores, etc.
You are a human being no matter what, and deserve to be treated like one. Always remember that. Anyone who says or does anything to the contrary is not worth your time and effort.
Chin up. Power forward. We are behind you. Moving a little slowly, but we are there.
Short version; Early onset osteoarthritis (dx age 30), scoliosis, lumbar spondylolisthesis, sciatica, hip dysplasia, bipolar disorder, migraines, macular degeneration, TIA's (they think), chronic insomnia, investigating a genetic collagen syndrome + more
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference