Sickly Nurses???? - page 2

:confused: i'm new to these message boards and the more i read the more i'm wondering....hmmmmmmmm.....how many of you nurse's out there have been diagnosed with fibro, lupus, rls, sjogrene's... Read More

  1. by   oramar
    Quite sometime ago I read that nurses do have more autoimmune diseases. This the article said, was from exposure to infections that trigger them. The predisposistion to the autoimmune disease is hereditary but if you are a nurse you are more likely to experience the triggering infection. That was years ago I read the article. This article said that there is even one type of seizure disorder that is autoimmune with a viral trigger. I think there has to be a head injury also. Wish I had kept it.
  2. by   niteshiftnurse
    I have rheumatoid arthritis and just recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, both of which are autoimmune. My neurologist said that the bulk of his patients are nurses and he also said stress is the number 1 cause of MS.........imagine that!!
  3. by   moonchild20002000
    I have been a nurse for 30 years. I have lupus. I sure believe that the constant stress destroys our immune system. I know several nurses that have autoimmune disorders.

    I have often wondered just how many nurses are affected.
  4. by   maah
    I was diagnosed with Fibro 5-6 years ago. I got chronic bacterial arthritis 15 years ago, which now I have osteo-arthritis thru out my entire body. I recently was told that I now have bursitis,& tendonitis. There are days I wonder how much can be attibuted to nursing. I was only able to work 8 years as a LPN before going out on disability. I would love to go back to the patients I miss them. As everyone knows we have no stress LOL.
    Mary
  5. by   TELEpathicRN
    I got the "triggering" infection in my first year of nursing as an LPN- I caught strep throat from a co worker and was out of work for about 2 weeks and then worked one 12 hr shift in the ER and took care of a little boy that had mono, then developed mono and about 6-9 mo's down the road, all the fatigue, aching pain and trigger points started. It wasn't bad at first, I went back to RN school and even did some traveling nursing, but finally got bad in the last few yrs. I now have Fibromyalgia, RLS, buldging thoracic, lumbar and sacral discs, and bone spurs up and down my back (just found incidentally while being scanned for MS!!), and my neurologist is about 98% sure that I do have MS, but just haven't had any lesions show up. Full time nursing is getting VERY VERY hard!! I am in the process of trying to apply for some Case Mgr jobs, etc.. hope something turns up.

    To whoever mentioned the tooth decay, after I started having symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Every 6 mo's theres a new cavity or two!! I never had a cavity up until then!!! Now MD's are saying that MS may be caused by amalgam fillings, my mouth is full of them!!!

    Hope there's some help for us broke down caring nurses!!
  6. by   krispynurse
    Originally posted by pappyRN
    Hi,

    Count me in. I have RSD/TOS/Fibro?CFIDS and a gazillion other weird things. Got hurt on the job lifting and developed RSD which started a chain reaction of one thing after another. I'm currently having to take narcotics for the pain although even having a fairly hefty dosing regimen I still experience significant pain. On top of all the things I developed on my own I also have brachial neuritis and femoral neuritis due to surgical accidents.

    I have seen 40+ doctors in an effort to get help over the lsat eight years. I did and do take care of myself, eat healthy, exercise as much as possible which isn't muich but many of these things developed due to delays in diagnosis since a fair number of physicians are suspicious when nurses seek their help. If one mentions the internet their radar goes berserk because they believe that if you read about it on the net that you are making up the symptoms due to reading about them!

    I frequent another board for support and information and there are many nurses with RSD, TOS and firbo/CFIDS along with lupus and MS.

    I'm currently trying to live my life one day at a time because I ahve no other choice. It is a constant battle against good days vs bad days with the bad winning hands down. I try to remain hopeful but severe neuropathic chronic pain does take a tolll on one's ability to cope with life in general.

    Warm personal regards,
    PappyRN

    Sorry pappy that you are having so much pain and cannot find a doc that will listen to you. I guess I just got lucky with my doctor--I wouldn't know what to do without him. He listens to you and looks for the right way to treat your symptoms and pain. We move with my husband's job all over Texas but I still go back to him cause I have tried other doctors where we been transferred to and they won't listen to you. They look at you like you are drug seeking --Hell I take enough meds that I don't want anymore added to them I just want what my regular doctor has given me and they still won't listen. Keep looking there is help out there.
  7. by   krispynurse
    Originally posted by TELEpathicRN
    I got the "triggering" infection in my first year of nursing as an LPN- I caught strep throat from a co worker and was out of work for about 2 weeks and then worked one 12 hr shift in the ER and took care of a little boy that had mono, then developed mono and about 6-9 mo's down the road, all the fatigue, aching pain and trigger points started. It wasn't bad at first, I went back to RN school and even did some traveling nursing, but finally got bad in the last few yrs. I now have Fibromyalgia, RLS, buldging thoracic, lumbar and sacral discs, and bone spurs up and down my back (just found incidentally while being scanned for MS!!), and my neurologist is about 98% sure that I do have MS, but just haven't had any lesions show up. Full time nursing is getting VERY VERY hard!! I am in the process of trying to apply for some Case Mgr jobs, etc.. hope something turns up.

    To whoever mentioned the tooth decay, after I started having symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Every 6 mo's theres a new cavity or two!! I never had a cavity up until then!!! Now MD's are saying that MS may be caused by amalgam fillings, my mouth is full of them!!!

    Hope there's some help for us broke down caring nurses!!




    Me Krispynurse said something about the tooth decay that is one of the symptoms of Sjogrene's Syndrone another autoimmune
    disease which I was diagnosed with---It's caused from the decrease of secretions---Always wondered why my mouth was contently dry and my eyes---There is a test for this that your doctor can tell you about. Check it out with all the other things you have I hate to say it but you might have SS too.
  8. by   maah
    Krispynurse Sjogrene's syndrome,Lupus, and others are also other disorders seen frequently in fibro people. For anyone wanting further info, and fantastic info, checkout Fibrohugs.com it is a nice site. It also has a support group with other people some being Nurses also. Hopefully everyone had a safe and fairly symptoms free 4th.
  9. by   krispynurse
    Thanks maah for the web site
  10. by   healingtouchRN
    Since we are talking about sick nurses, please send light & prayer for my friend & co-worker, Tina, who is on a vent tonite (asthma). She worked overtime (a double) on July 4th, feeling rough but stayed anyway, then went to the ER, got admitted to the ICU then got tired progressing to intubation. She is a mom of two little boys & has a sweet hubby who not left her side except to go potty. She is an awesome nurse, though out of school a year, she has a real gift for healing. She appreciates your prayers!
  11. by   mattsmom81
    A coworker of mine is recovering from a bout with MRSA. After becoming deathly ill, it was found she was infected in her urine, sputum, AND blood. Scary isn't it. I fear that many of us are MRSA colonized and it's just 'waiting' for a weak moment to get us....like tiny mutant buzzards...

    My friend is now slowly recovering, gaining strength on our rehab unit. I'm praying for a full recovery and a return to nursing.

    I notice that I don't fight off stuff as easy anymore so I agree with the weakened immune system theory. Maybe I should retire now before I get septic with MRSA too....<sigh>

    Sending out prayers for Tina, and all other injured and ill nurses. :kiss
    Last edit by mattsmom81 on Jul 9, '03
  12. by   TreceRN
    After 5 years working night shift ICU, the last three of them spent suffering from flu-like muscle pain, numbness and tingling in my extremeties, and fatigue and seeing multiple docs I was told I "probably" had fibromyalgia but that there's a "good possibilty" I have MS, but just no lesions showing per MRI yet. At first I thought that it must be psychosomatic 'cause it seemed every nurse I knew had some kind of auto-immune problem. I didn't go and see a doc until I woke up one morning and my left arm was totally numb! That frightened me enough to seek help. Since not even my rhuematologist or neurologists had any good suggestions for helping me to feel better (they just said "what kind of pills do you want?, and boy did that tick me off - like I'm a drug-seeking nurse or something!).I was on Relafen for a while, but I found that the best thing for me was to get off night shift and get a day job, to eat a low carb diet with no artificial sweetners, take some good mineral and other supplements, lots of fruits and veggies, and to do gentle yoga-stretching every morning. I hurt so bad I couldn't walk up a flight of stairs without terrible leg pain. Now I can walk 3 miles and go up three flights (still some bad leg pain, but doesn't last long). For all of you with auto-immune out there, a couple super good books are "Fibromyalgia handbook" by Harris H. McIlwain and Debra Fulghum Bruce, and "Fibromyalgia: A comprehensive approach" by Miryam Ehrilich Williamson. There books offer commen sense, non-medical strategies for managing fibromyalgia and other auto-immune diseases. Hope they help 'ya
  13. by   healingtouchRN
    may prayers go out to all the sick nurses. To TreceRN, kudos to you for goingover & beyond to do self care!!!!!!! So many submit to the allopathic docs only, rather than looking into diet, yoga, exercise, herbs, suppliments, support groups...etc. I am such a huge supporter of the individual plan rather than cookie cutter medicine/nursing. By the way my friend, Tina is being extubated this a.m.!!! She did a thumbs up for me! I told her that so many were praying for her & she gave me a weak smile. Her hubby, still at the bedside, said thanks as well. :chuckle

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