This is not what I thought it was - page 2

So I have gone through my 3 months of orientation & so far I can't say I love my job. The hours are long, I'm treated like **** by patient's, family members (that's expected) & coworkers & the pay is... Read More

  1. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from pixierose
    I LOVE my Allegra shoes ... and my Danskos. Expensive but well worth the money, esp. for those of us with joint pain.

    I would try to hang in there, OC. Get that experience and then move on to better things. The first 3 months can be rough going anywhere.
    It just sucks that my coworkers are all ******* & I'm having such horrific knee pain.
  2. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from bugya90
    Go to a local running store and have them test you for the right type of shoe for your foot and instep. I run half marathons and had the knee and ankle pain until they tested me and put me in the right shoe. Now I can run without pain. 12 hour shifts are similar to the fatigue of a conditioned half marathoner, so the concept is the same. I have 2 pairs of running shoes that are just for work and I rotate them (you should never wear the same pair of shoes 2 days in a row).
    Also a lot of people like Danskos and those type of clog shoes. I have really high arches so I didn't like them but I have coworkers who wear by them.
    You'll be surprised by how much your footwear has to do with your joint pain and muscle fatigue.
    Thank you! I'll look into it. I've always had knee issues so I think this is making it worse.
  3. by   CrunchRN
    LTC. Easier work and the families are grateful.
  4. by   thoughtful21
    Hi! I have had pretty bad knee pain too. I thought the problem was with my shoes or compression socks, but I went to see a chiropractor, and he said the real problem was my back. He was able to fix it, and it was such a relief for me! Do you know a good, trusted chiropractor that you could go to?
  5. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from CrunchRN
    LTC. Easier work and the families are grateful.
    Is this a joke? I've never worked a nursing home where the families were grateful nor was it easier. Yeah, I got paid more but it was just as much work if not more with a whole lot less orientation.
  6. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from thoughtful21
    Hi! I have had pretty bad knee pain too. I thought the problem was with my shoes or compression socks, but I went to see a chiropractor, and he said the real problem was my back. He was able to fix it, and it was such a relief for me! Do you know a good, trusted chiropractor that you could go to?
    No. I don't know about chiropractors either. They kinda scare me. I would hate for something to be done to my back that would cause further damage.
  7. by   nursej22
    OC, I am sorry you are in pain. Good idea to see a rheumatologist, this could be a signal of something more serious. I concur with getting good shoes, and good insoles.

    This may sound weird, but I think yoga could help, with stretching, strengthening and posture.

    Best of luck. And for ******* coworkers and families, I say kill 'em with kindness and never let 'em see that they get to you. It will drive them nuts.
  8. by   NurseCard
    Quote from CrunchRN
    LTC. Easier work and the families are grateful.
    1. I want to work where you work.
    2. I want some of what you are smokin'.

  9. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from nursej22
    OC, I am sorry you are in pain. Good idea to see a rheumatologist, this could be a signal of something more serious. I concur with getting good shoes, and good insoles.

    This may sound weird, but I think yoga could help, with stretching, strengthening and posture.

    Best of luck. And for ******* coworkers and families, I say kill 'em with kindness and never let 'em see that they get to you. It will drive them nuts.
    My NP thinks I might have psoriatic arthritis due to how my nails are pitting & my joints are killing me. I still need good shoes & insoles.

    I'm nice at work but they aren't my friends. I don't have their numbers nor are they on my Facebook.
  10. by   OrganizedChaos
    Quote from NurseCard
    1. I want to work where you work.
    2. I want some of what you are smokin'.

    LOL! Right!
  11. by   saskrn
    I was in major pain until I started wearing Birkenstocks in 1998. Since then, I've had no pain. I LOVE them!
  12. by   akulahawkRN
    A lot of knee pain comes from improper foot/ankle alignment. It's not just ensuring that your ankle and feet are put into neutral alignment, it's also ensuring that you have an effectively equal leg length and so much more. A good running shoe store will help you figure out what type of shoes you will need and how to best put your entire lower body into a neutral alignment as this puts the least stress on all the joints. The kind of running shoe store isn't likely to be the one you'd go to at the mall. The kind you want is a specialty store that caters to actual athletes. This is the store that the marathon runners will go to for proper shoe fitting. The generic mall store usually doesn't have employees trained to do that kind of shoe evaluation.

    Here's a hint as to how you know you've found the right place... they'll ask to see your shoes and they'll look at the wear pattern. They'll look at how you stand and walk. They may even measure leg length...
  13. by   Mavrick
    Quote from OrganizedChaos
    It just sucks that my coworkers are all ******* & I'm having such horrific knee pain.
    Hey YOU, I really feel your pain and know it can really affect one's outlook on life.

    I've had RA for 25+ years, mostly in my hands, but when I started at my present job I noticed how my feet would ache after a 12 hour shift. Then on more strenuous days where I was on my feet a lot, the pain would work it's way up through my knees then into my hips until by the time I was headed to the car, I was limping. Got to talking with workmates and they described how things got worse for them also after the building was remodeled. The new floor is solid concrete with a micro-thin overlay of vinyl. BRUTAL! Towards the end of my shift I notice my tolerance for stupid becomes less and my temper gets shorter. I am probably the a$$ hole co-worker they complain about to their spouses.

    The pain and chronic fatigue from dealing with it can suck the joy right out of a job and anything associated with it. Something had to give. So I did some serious thinking and decided: The job is basically a good one. I get along well enough with the people, good pay/benefits and reasonable commute. I could ride this job out to retirement if I made some adjustments.

    So now I make every effort to sit while charting, replace my shoe pads every three months or so, work out at the gym 2-3 days a week putting extra attention into knee strengthening and mobility exercises and got a handicap hanger so I can park closer to the door. I don't work more than three days in a row and on particularly busy days I allow myself 5 mg of Oxycodone on the trip home to my 105 degree hot tub.

    I also plan 2-3 mini vacations a year to keep me motivated. And, of course, indulge in a little AN for mental stimulation.

    So sorry to hear about your pain. Ain't no fun.

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