I had migraines starting at the age of 16. I went to nursing school and worked for 14+ years with them. I used my FMLA time if I needed a day off now and then.
2 1/2 years ago, I woke up with a headache that never went away. I have been diagnosed with Atypical Facial Pain, allodynia, photosensitivity, phonosensitivity, chronic migraine, generalized anxiety disorder, and major depressive disorder.
I can no longer work. After finally finding a job I loved, I can't work. I can barely go outside without a hat and sunglasses on because of the sensitivity to light. There are days I can't do anything, and even on my good days I can't do more than 3-4 hours of anything productive.
I fought for, and was granted at my administrative law judge hearing, Social Security Disability. I hate being on it, but I can't work. Other than the intolerance to light and sound, and stress being one of my migraine triggers, I take Methadone, Lexapro and Xanax for my nerve pain, and I am not very confident about working and taking responsibility for patients while I am under the influence of these meds. It would not be safe for any of us.
I miss working. I miss my job and feeling like I was contributing something worthwhile to society. However, I had to decide I had to take care of myself. Part of that decision was assisted by my inability to drive an hour to get to work without being in tears from the pain.
I now sell eggs from my chickens, a few aprons I make when I can, and a few other craft-related things. I look at each day as a gift. I am thankful for every day I can get out of bed and do even the minor things in our home to keep it running.
I couldn't work now if I tried, and it's sad. Please take the time to think about the stress aspects of the career if you choose it. Nursing is very stressful, especially in the hospital setting.
I wish you well.