Career Prospects for People with Neuropathy
I’m not sure how to ask this so thank you for your patience.
Background: I was diagnosed with bilateral peripheral neuropathy in my hands in 2016 at the age of 22. It was at the start of my post-college career as an engineer, primarily trained in computer-based design work. The symptoms prevented me from continuing that job. I held out for as long as I could before I couldn’t meet the job requirements.
My neurologist recommended not pursuing any computer-based jobs as the pain and mental stress of the symptoms, which drove me from the first one, would be the same. I tried other lines of non-computer work, such as welding and metal fabricating, but the fatigue and cramping of my symptoms made that unworkable. Not only is working at a computer untennable, but so is gripping, pinching, grabbing etc. For the past 4-1/2 years, I’ve been living off family essentially just being useful enough to ‘earn my keep’. I have not been able to find a path forward to salvage my career or be financial independent.
My question: how can I find a list of careers/jobs suitable for my symptoms? I can’t lie to employers about my condition because at some point my tolerance for the pain will give out like at my first job. But if I tell them, then I either can’t fulfill the requirements (e.g. computer based design work 8 hours+ a day) or I won’t be hired. Essentially, what kind of jobs/careers are available to someone who can’t use their hands normally? Are there services who can look at my background and symptoms and come up with options?
I hope I’ve laid this out clearly. Thank you for any help you can provide.