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I am now at the point where I am comfortable to come out publicly as a programmer with what is likely permanent RSI (repetitive strain injury). It means that I cannot physically work normal programming hours due to pain. I've had the problem for 3 years, but have kept it hidden due to the possibility of discrimination.
I am not aware of any part-time programming opportunities. I could just work 6 months contracts and suffer the whole time, then take 6 months off, but that doesn't seem to be sustainable. Plus the psychological ramifications of the pain caused by full-time programming is immense.
Note that this is not a thread about RSI 'cures', although I am currently considering getting PRP injections in the tendons.
I've been exercising, having an optimal diet, taking martial arts, keeping my arms cool, and getting therapy to deal with the pain problems as directly as I can, but this only helps a fraction of the issue.
I love programming more than anything, and even had a chance to interview at my dream job at a company that uses my dream programming, ML.
Currently I've just been trying to make money doing tutoring in computer programming locally, but my client base does not yet come close to sustaining me.
What are the options for a person in my situation? I don't seem to have any choice but to tell prospective employers up front that I can't work normal hours due to this condition. Are any of them willing to accommodate my condition for a significantly lower wage? Do I abandon my career and work at the local pizza shack? Do I go back to school and start all over again?