Hi everyone! Im so glad that I found y'all. Im 46 yrs old. Have been a RN for 25 yrs with 24 yrs of it mainly in Labor and Delivery. I initially hurt my back when I was 22 yrs old while lifting a nursing home patient back into bed at the hospital. The first hospital I worked at, was a small country hospital that only did 50 deliveries a month so we often got "floated" to another department to help out. I was diagnosed with bulging discs at that time at L2/L3, L3,L4 and L4 L5. I also injured C2, C3 C3,C4, C5.
Anyway, right now Im on LTD with failed back surgery syndrome. I had back surgery dec '05, which only made my pain in my right leg and hip worse than it was. I also have bulging discs and degenerative discs at L3/L4, L4/L5.L5/L6. Compounded by the flare up of my Cervical discs. I have pain from my neck down to my toes!!
My pain is so severe at times, even on pain medicine, that I feel like Im going to die. Ive been with a pain management physician since Feb "07. Ive had 3 unsuccessful epidural injections, a unsuccessful nerve block and finally had a discogram that showed the amount of degeneration in my lumbar discs. He is now wanting to do a nerve conduction study related to the pain from the cervical discs which is causing me to have pain down both arms, numbness and me dropping things all the time
Some days are worse than others, but the majority of the time, I stay in the house watching TV and surfing the net when I can. Since I cant sit long or use my hands for long.
Im also divorced and paying cobra to keep my health insurance. What im going to do when the LTD runs out, I have no clue except to apply for SSI which I hear takes a long time.
It just saddens me that after all the years I have put in as a nurse, I have nothing to show for it now. At this point in time I dont know what is going to happen to me. I just thing there should be something available to seasoned nurses that have experienced injuries such as ours. A home based type of work that we can utilize our knowlege in some way. I live an hour from Atlanta, so there are'nt any big insurance companies or research type jobs in this area. Anyway, I am so glad I found this so that I can at least vent and get ideas or just have friendships with people that truely do understand what we are going through.