Just looking for a little support.
I was diagnosed with a progressive form of sensorimotor polyneuropathy almost two months ago. I work 3-4 12's each week as a NOC nurse. Don't know yet what disease process is causing it, but am awaiting test results and a neuro appt in a few days..
I am having considerable nerve pain, even on theropeutic doses of gabapentin/percocet. My arms and back have a strange mix of numbness/tingling, and a contstant burning that drives me crazy. My legs hurt so much it is difficult to walk, climb stairs, etc. My grip is very weak in both hands. I feel like everything takes so much effort. I have trouble swallowing lately. Being touched is very irritating to me, blankets, clothing, anything touching my skin.
Things have gotten considerably worse for me within the past two weeks. I am not diabetic.
I am terrified. I am scared of what this might mean as a nurse, afraid of my diagnosis and prognosis, and of letting my coworkers and family down.
If anyone has any advice for me, it is welcome.