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Hi everyone, just curious how your careers have been affected by AS... Or how your AS has been affected by your careers? I am a robotics technician. (Maintenance). I work in many different positions, and have to lift anything from a wrench to 100 pound motor on any given day. I absolutely love what I do and worked very hard to get where I am. Now I'm afraid all that work will be for nothing if i can't continue doing it.

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    Hey so when I was 20 I was a plumber which I had to give up due to not being able to physically do the job which was disappointing as I was one year out of my apprenticeship and just starting to earn good money! Now I'm 10 years on and now have a production management job which is great as it's not physical which I can cope with of course! But if u get on the correct medication early enough you should be able to keep doing what you are already doing

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    I cannot answer exactyly your question, it is aTERRIBLE predicament i know very well but am yet to resolve.  But there are groups and governemnt bodies that provide info for emplyees and employers, maybe about restricting hours or flexible days and so on (it is not always possible i know).  Maybe a physio can help with this advice too in what you are and will be capable of eg lifting now and in the future (physio who KNOWS As).  Good luck
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    Hiya Landon...geez, I could use a robot if you need one tested...lol

    Well my career here in Bali was being the director of a free clinic for the very poor...We did everything from road accidents....to Dengue Fever...to snake bites....to birthing ..and everything in between. I couldn't stand for more than a few minutes and as a nurse standing and lifting are a must...so it had to go...Now I am just the gofer for computer work....and I cook lunch for my staff of 8 ( slowly, standing for ten minutes...sitting for ten and then trying again )...The clinic is still running and busy after 20 years so we must be doing something right...I might have to give up cooking for staff soon....it's getting too much. Then what..??? Boredom I guess....

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    I was a business software consultant for the last 17 years of my working life.  Typically I would fly to the customer site at the beginning of the week work four 10 hour days and fly home.  In the beginning I would only need to make small concessions to the illness.  While most of my colleagues got up early Monday morning, flew to the customer site and then worked a long day, I could not do that.  Mornings became too painful for that hustle so I would fly out Sunday, get a good nights rest and go to work Monday morning.  Over time just being in hotels and dealing with the stress of constant project deadlines and uptight customers started to wear me down.  We all know how stress aggravates this condition.  I muddled through but it became more and more difficult.  At the age of 59 (early last year) my company offered many of us a chance at early retirement.  The package was quite nice but my intention was to continue working, either at a local company with no travel or to gut it out and become an independent consultant on my own.  Surprisingly, after leaving that job and while looking for the next thing, my condition took a turn for the worse.  While I thought being off the road would help my pain and other
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    hmmmm.  This website certainly has it's quirks when you try to answer a post.  Anyway, to finish, I ended up throwing in the towel.  I have not worked since leaving the consulting business and I am now in the process of filing for disability.

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      Best of luck.  Hope it works.  Anyone with constant pain needs all the help you can get.  I often think of folk in poor countries who have this disease.
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      Let me know how that goes, I'm pretty sure I am on borrowed time. Would love to hear how it pans out for you.

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    I was, well technically still am, a Master Electrician. Own a business, whole nine yards. Now, I work at an electrical supply house, being a jack of trades. Making roughly 1/3, maybe. Can't hustle, can't wear my tool belt( Bad SI joint), can't lift things of weight(bad back). Can't work overhead for more than a minute(spinal fusion). I shake, mostly my right side. Fatigue, Shaking and spasms and electricity don't go together-AT ALL. The list goes on... lol...well, not funny but I gotta do something.

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      not electrician...MASTER ELECTRICIAN...ya gotta do the Bott thing...you have the brains and the schooling!!!

      New discussion:

      What should Indigoods name his robot? Should the bott be a crusher, a spinner, a fire breather, a flipper, or some other deadly force?

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      Can I ask you about the shaking on your right side as I have this also...my hands and a sort of quivering down my side...I asked a specialist in Thailand and he said it's the pain that makes you shake...would you agree with that as nobody else seems to know why...Thanks in advance...G

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    Hi Landon

    Robotics is the craze in the USA...Bott Wars!

    If you follow with a good rheumatologist, if you take your meds, if you rest your spine and hips (not to be confused with sleep), if you faithfully do every single range of motion exercises multiple times per day, if you listen when your body tells you it needs rest, if you do your stretches you will have an excellent chance of remaining on the job you love.

    In your back pocket, study robotics formally.

    Today so very much can be done to medically helo you!

    kind regards

    judith

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