Ok, I'm at a loss.
I have intense upper back/neck pain. MRI shows vertebral abnormalities and degenerative changes, and I'm not sure what to do to get through the day with work-lifting and turning and doing all the other things we do as nurses (I do extended shift home care) without tearing up or having episodes where I briefly get woozy and the world goes dark.
I go to PT, have more meds than I'd like to admit, use TENS, ice, heat, see a chiropractor, massage therapist, and several other practitioners to try to get through this. It's now officially chronic.
I know this is not a place to give medical advice or referrals or whatnot, I have all of that. I want to know what you, as nurses, have tried, and what has worked for you personally. I know how to lift properly, and I do medically supervised weight training. I have used a rib belt and a low back brace, which has rigid support.
The kicker here, theoretically I'll be graduating with my RN (eligible to take the boards anyway) in December, but that is contingent on getting through one more semester of clinical. However, if I'm having trouble lifting a little over 50lbs, what's going to happen when I work with the big people (ie. adults
I'm getting so frustrated, and a little depressed. I love my job. The sad thing is that I've only been a nurse for a little over a year. I don't want it to end like this. Please help if you can-my brainstorming on this topic has been reduced to a minor spring shower.