I have had numerous injuries due to Nursing, I cannot walk up a flight of steps now without difficulty, have back, neck and shoulder pain from the job, so I can relate to you. I am 56, I dont know how old you are but I had tried alernative methods to treating my back problems which got so bad I was walking sideways, and log rolling myself onto the floor first to just get out of bed. I think what happens with nurses that injure themselves is that the company thinks you are just fabricating your pain, they cannot see it, xrays may show nothing outside of some arthritis or degenerative changes but allin all NO ONE TAKES YOU SERIOUSLY. I spent alot of time in orthopedic doctors offices, physical therapy, which did nothing, until I found YOGA, Relaxation methods, and other means to alleviate inflammation and pain. IT WORKED. On occasion I do take Alleve/tylenol and aspirin. But I keep doing alternative treatments along with antiinflammatory foods such as Salmon(which I am not a big fan of) but eat it anyway. YOGA and my tens unit help me greatly. But I do it ever so gently cause it will generate more pain in myself if I do too much. I watch less news, more movies I love, especially comedies and old time movies...makes me forget about the crappy world we all live in. I try to keep a positive attitude which is so difficult and try to give one person a smile each day. Its a tough road. Dont rely on the medical system to alleviate your pain, YOU KNOW YOURSELF BETTER THAN ANYONE. where there is a will there is a way....nurses are very strong people, VERY STRONG. You have the background of knowledge behind you, USE it to your advantage...your knowledge of nursing is your own line of defense in helping yourself right now. And workmans comp does help too. Have you filled out an incident report? I injured myself numerous times and it was all because my muscles were out of shape and getting constantly reinjured over and over again, resulting in me getting Injury related arthritis now. Take care of yourself through other alternative means now.....you are your best own hope.