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RN now suffering with back pain and not being heard

Started by jennk37 on 06/09/2010 6:12am

I have been suffering from back problems for years. Being a 37 year old nurse (who's been in nursing for 20+ years), I have killed my back. With the notorious problems of Health Care understaffing and improper mechanical lifting devices have led up to my back's demise. I have been to doctors and it seems like they are not listening to my complaints and concerns. I have been diagnosed with Scoliosis, Thoracic and Lumbar Spondylosis and Facet disease syndrome. My pain is not being managed well at all!! It's getting to the point where I cannot work or function anymore. My pain is shooting down both my legs and all across my lower back like a constant bad toothache pain which is relieved temporarily by bending forward. But if I bend over too long to care for a patient (ie. with starting an IV or wound treatment), I am locked in that position till I can walk to something to push myself up. Not only am I having the back problems, but now I'm having bowel and bladder problems too. Recurrent UTI's, poor emptying of bladder (as found on IVP) to no control whatsoever. I have even voluntarily lost 60+ pounds and it is not helping with the pain. I'm in my ideal body weight and no relief! This sucks!! I've had 3 children naturally with no epidurals at all or pain meds.. I vowed that no one will touch my back then. Heck, I don't care now.. they can do a spinal on me to relieve my pain. The doctors have put me on muscle relaxers, tricyclic's, NSAIDS (to the point that I had a GI bleed- Feldene, Celebrex and Ibuprofen is NOT good pain management)... I've tried exercise and PT. Everynight I lay on a heating pad and cry myself to sleep because of the pain to find myself back up 2 hours later to do it all over again. Thanks to all the druggies out there selling narcotics, people who need pain relief cannot get anything without the doctors looking at them crosseyed. Can you see that I'm frustrated?? Anybody else out there having problems being heard?? Being a medical professional (that is suffering from back pain myself) really makes me concerned about the quality of care and compassion that we are giving.

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Dear Jennk 37,

I am also an RN ,having worked for over 30 years. I can relate to your problem very well. I have worked with chronic back and neck pain for 10 years. I have had different meds, epidurals, PT, and surgery.
It has been a nightmare!! I am now 59 and unable to work. I am facing major financial problems,
long term disability, and a very unknown future.! All these years, I gave my best to taking care of others,
and now there is little help for me. You are now a liability to your employer.You can imagine the stress
and anxiety this has caused. If anyone has some advice for both of us, it would be very much appreciated. Know that you are not alone!

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I went through the samething years ago with my first Dr. I got so tired of him seeing me and saying"well, you are here at work the pain can'tbe too bad". I could not stand working for him anymore.
He would not even give me pain meds.
I quit working for him and fired him as my Dr. he felt, I did the surgery what more can I do. I've done this over and over to many ppl without complaints. YEAH SURE YOU HAVE!

MOVE FORWARD WITH YOUR CARE ELSEWHERE AND GOOD LUCK WITH IT ALL, KEEP US POSTED.

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I too am a nurse who suffered for years with constant back pain. I would go to chiropractic evey week just so I could go to work. I eventually reached a point where I could hardly walk and developed numbness in my leg leg. The end result was a fusion of L4-t and also had spinal stenoisis. After surgery, I got little relief from pain meds. The pain management dr eventually had me on 120 mg of morphine plus 6 mcg of fentayl. I ended up going into respiratory distress,spent three weeks on a vent and almost died. Hospitals do not worry about you as you are easily replaced. Like some of the other comments I read, I took good care of my patients and now unfortunately I have no one to take care or help me. I have left leg weakness which I will always have. I would love to return to work but who will hire a disabled nurse. Age is a big discrimination probem also. I can run rings around young nurses but they tell me that I am not qualified. Look for a good pain management drs.,they are out there. Bowel and bladder problems are the adds on to back problem. Ask m if I would do it again. Good luck

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I see that alot of us nurses have really bad backs. This field really takes a toll on a person. I believe that I practice really good body mechanics but I've come to a conclusion that alot of the damage is caused from overreaching and lifting 100+ pounds repeatedly.

My PCP is now wanting me to see a pain specialist. I am in agreement with this but my question is when does a physician say... "it's time to go to a pain specialist." What are the indicators, reasons that make them come to this decision? I can understand it if an MD has tried everything and is not making good progress with their patient's pain. But my doctor hasn't even tried anything stronger than Vicodin 5/500?? Shouldn't he have tried something stronger to help with the pain instead of sending me off? Is this normal practice? Anyone have any ideas?

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Hey There, jennk37
My heart goes out to you......Yes I too can relate to your frustration & sufferring. I am also a nurse who became disabled 7 years ago due to a "wrecked back" . As a fellow nurse who absolutely loved my job I am well aware of the back hazards we exposed ourselves to in the world of nursing.The very thing that makes you such a great nurse..(.putting the patients needs before your own,working under high stress conditions many times under staffed.and often without the availability of back saving devices or the time it takes to utilize them) Often our Hearts are bigger than our heads throughout our years in nursing and we end up paying the price with our backs
I have also run the gauntlet of Doctors who seem more concerned with the addiction issues of narcotic pain management than any compassion for the "Quality of Life " I am living without. I am 53 years old and every day is a constant struggle just to complete the simple tasks of everyday life. I was born with a congenital birth defect where I am missing several lumbar vertebrae and C1-4 were also fused at birth.As a child I had a horrible leg fracture that had me confined to bed in a spica cast for 4 months and was rebroken and reset twice ( in 1959 before the fancy orthopedics of today) which left me with a 1 inch leg discrepancy that was not realized until I was 25. This resulted in many years of constant back pain made worse by the daily rigors of being a nurse for 10 years. In 2003 My back finally gave out and I went on disability. As Im sure you know,the aging process is no picnic when you have a back condition. Today I am now dealing with hyperkyphosis,degenerative disk disease,severe Sciatica with extreme radicular pain that leaves my left leg and foot numb 75% of the time My most recent MRI showed evidence of 2 herniated discs and extreme nerve damage to the sciatic root nerves.Iam scheduled to go to a Spine Clinic next month for further evaluation and possible surgery to address the never ending pain that haunts my daily life.I would encourage you to keep searching for a Doctor,perhaps a pain specialist who can address your pain issues.
After many painfull years, I finally found a Doctor who actually listened and understood that I wanted to get my pain managed regardless of the addiction issues. I want some "Quality of Life in these later years of my life. I want to be able to cradle my grandchildren without the never ending pain..... and if the only way that can be accomplished is through the use of narcotic drugs on a long term managed plan then so be it anyone who looks at my MRI or your too it sounds like will know I am not seeking narcotics for anything other than to treat my pain. I have been on a managed pain contract for 5 years of 60 mg of oxycontin am & pm and 10 mg Hydrocodone for breakthrough pain. I also take 600 mgs of Gabepentin at night to deal with the radicular pain of Sciatica. At this level I am able to function on a moderate level allthough there are times when I over-do-it and have to stay down for a few days, but over-all my pain is being managed...There is hope & help out there for you jennk37 just dont give up keep searching till you find the right Doctor. You dont have to live your life in pain.. Good luck to you!!!!

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i feel for you. i had cervical spinal fusion on c4,5,6,7 in 2004 and have been in worse pain than before the surgery. tried everything, pt , spinal blocks. botox u name it and no help. i believe that women are descriminated against in pain management. i have lost faith in the medical profession. my husband went the our gp and complained of back pain and was given 100 mg hydrocodone 4x day. i have to fight to get any pain relief. and when i do get it it is such a low dose that it doesnt help. i find that drs. do not listen to me. bone scans revealed sever degenerative disc disease also deg. arthritis in all major joints of my body.pain and numbness in both arms down to my fingertips.
i do not know what to do. i was sint to a pain clinic in paris il. and was told that they{ the drs} do not believe in opoid pain meds and that unless you have terminal cancer you do not need them.
my lifewe is miserable and if it wouldnt hurt my family i would end it all. i am so tired of the pain

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JennK37.... Have you tried going to a physiatrist that only specializes in back pain/injury? I am also an RN that was in an accident in 2007. I had a c1,3,&5 fx, as well as burst fractures of t-6 and t-8. In addition the spiny processes were all fx up and down my spine to L1. I had a halo and wore a thoracic brace for 6 months. Because the bone fragments did not penetrate my spinal canal (thank god!) they allowed the t-6 and t-8 to heal naturally without fusion. (In addition, I had a left mandibular fracture and jaw wiring, L ulnar radius fx, L tib/fib fx with rodding and pinning) After nearly 3 years, I still am dealing with significant nerve pain issues, but I must say working with a physiatrist that only deals with the spine has helped significantly. You must be your own advocate and keep searching for a doctor to listen and don't waste time if you aren't getting the answers or they aren't listening to you. I do think that there is help out there for you so don't give up! I manage my pain now with neurotin, excercise (sometimes I can barely do them!) and freq rest periods. With your neuro symptoms I am surprised that your current physicians haven't tried neurotin. There is hope! Keep us posted when you local a new physician.... Best of luck to you.

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Hi Jenn37. I am also an RN and suffer from Thoracolumbar scoliosis (curve 52 degrees), facet arthropathy, stenosis, L3-5 herniated, retrolisthesis...constant pain. Everyone says how "good" I look and how straight my posture is and that I can't be in that much pain and have the body I have. I wear a size 3 so I guess that is their thinking: anyone who is thin and stands upright cannot be suffering. I danced ballet non-professionally for 34 years until now. I will be 50 in 4 months. I can walk and talk and chew gum at the same time and still drag my pain-wracked body to work 5 days a week. Anything else is an event and takes all the effort I can muster. I'm becoming more and more debilitated. I have been told that fusion and rods to correct my curve and fix the discs is risky at my age and may put me in worse pain than I'm already am. However, I'm to the point where the 20 mg. of hydrocodone daily and Lyrica 50mg at HS, barely touches the pain. Like you, I was initially placed on NSAIDS and COX-2's and had to get off of them because of GI issues, hypertension and asthma. Much as doctors would like to believe, keeping chronic pain patients on these drugs is not safe either. They think just because these drugs are not addicting, that they are safe to take every day. Are any of these doctors in severe pain every day? Do they have ANY idea what it's like to go to work, take care of others and take care of a home with a spine that feels like the leaning tower of Piza? You are also right about how the nursing profession just USES nurses and then throws them away when they're no longer useful. We are only as good as the disposable syringes we use on patients. We may not end up in a sharps container but we will end up in the unemployment line, denied disability because after all, we're NURSES! We can take care of ourselves, right?????
I've run out of things to try. I've tried everything you can imagine: spinecor brace, accupuncture, chiropractic manipulation (actually worsened things), PT, stability ball, yoga (did help some for a while), epidural injections, trigger point injections, TENS, noni juice, cherry juice, glucosamine, rolfing, tiger balm, emu oil, spinal decompression (VAX-D), massage therapy, inversion table, cold laser. This is my life too Jen. Please email me if you need a friend. I'm here for you and know what you're going through. My email is stit60@live.com

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Hi Jennk37,
I too am a RN, 39yrs. I was born with a congenital shortening of my left leg, scoliosis and lumbar backache since I can remember. The lumbar pains persisted through the years and eventually I had to have ACL repair to my left knee a few yrs ago. Upon the advice of my orthpaedic surgeon, I had a leg lengthening procedure done in 2005 in the hope that with equal leg length, I would have less back pain. Needless to say, the pain from the procedure was the worst I'd ever, ever experienced and the lumbar pains tumulted.
Chiropractic manipulation post operatively led to a fracture of my L4 and despite 2 years of physiotherapy, I continued with flare-ups of worsened back spasms and widespread joint pain. After seeing several specialists, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by my Rheumatologist.
I too get stuck in a position when bending, same as what you describe. I too am frustrated and now with this Fibro diagnosis, for which is said there is no cure, life feels dismal. Chronic pain is the order of everyday for me.
I now have been diagnosed with : lumbar spondylosis, fibromyalgia, panic disorder, depression and the like. I am still currently off from work since the leg lengthening procedure and am struggling with my employer to receive medical boarding despite having been referred to 3 medical opinions of their choice. They insist that I return to nursing in the state I am in! What would an ailing care provider be of use to those within her care? What bias. Now that I need care and understanding for the state I am in, this is the thanks I get for my loyal service to humanity!
Pain meds are just smarties!!
I am convinced that there is no sympathy for us nurses when we become the very patients we so tentatively nurse and care for! SAD!!!!!!

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Hi fellow nurses,
I have been an RN going on 29 years now,worked at same facility 14 years,and a very faithful employee i might add.In June 2009 i was sitting at the nurses station charting and i went to turn and the chair basically tipped over and slammed me into a very enclosed area,i fell really hard on my buttocks and put my arm down to break the fall.I tore the disk in l5-S1,and i have two messed up disks at C6-C7......herniated,bulging,what is the difference any way.I am in constant pain 24/7.My life has completely changed .I went from being a very active nurse,doing medical missions in places like India and Ecuador,to having to spend most of my day in bed because that is the only place i am semi comfortable.Been on pain meds,Tramadol ,and Vicodan since the injury and i never took pain meds in my life prior to that.What kills me is i was always so careful all these years lifting patients because my husband had a back injury with three different surgeries and i did not want to end up like him.
Like many of you i am appaled over the way i have been treated by this so called workers comp system and the insurance carrier representing my employer.To be treated like a criminal after you give so many years caring for others is heartbraking.....it is like,OKAY let's add insult to injury now as if that wasn't enough!I have had to fight for every bit of my care and be my own patient care advocate because after all that is what we are all about,right?I have had epidurals,pt,radiofrequency ablation with minimal relief.I am noe facing back surgery first and then we will see about my neck.I don't know what is the best thing to do at this point,i do not want to live like this.I have suffered a great deal of depression,and if it wasn't for my strong faith in God and my family i feel like i could have takin my life by now.I love this site i found,i felt very encouraged by many of your comments.Any suggestions?
Nancy nurse in pain.

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I hear you. I have the same problem, being an RN myself, and having lower back pain and bowel and bladder problems. I finally had back surgery, now I have flat back syndrome and can't stand up at all.The surgeon say there is no reason why I can't stand up, but is now suggests more surgery.

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I hear all of your pain, been in the medical field for 20 yrs, RN for 10 yrs, and now suffering from a bulging disc, degenerative disc disease, and chronic nerve pain and numbness down my arm. I have seen Chiropractors, accupunture, and now MD's, and surgeons. My options are high doses of gabapentin and narcotics(which do not help) epidural which they say is only a temorary fix, or spinal fusion. The doctors, nurses, and insursance company treat me like a misbehaved child,and that I am "bothering" them, no compassion or even hope of relief of this horrific pain. I am so frustrated and dishearted by the medical community whom I have served with tender loving care for so many years. My "own" have failed me miserably. I pray for help and healing for all of you.

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I too, am a RN with back problems from falls, childbirth (large babies), twisting and turning with lifting on an ortho floor, etc. My back becomes locked also. Have been diagnosed with Bilateral Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction (small feat in itself to be diagnosed-had SI joints injected with lidocaine/steriods for diagnosis). Had multiple doctor visits-not too many believe the SI joint can move, but being in a stuck position many times, I can tell you it moves! I have been researching what to do about this for long time. Did chiropratic manipulations for most relief over the years. Now am looking at fusion with iFuse: Checkout website SI-Bone.com. I feel this is a better fusion option as they do not mess with the joint space and only prevent the SI joint from rotating. Something to look into-I am not working right now and don't know when I will be able to afford to have this done. Also 6 weeks of non-weight bearing (as I would have both sides done at same time). Surgeon would be 4 hours away-so is out-of network. Will I have to go to a nursing home for cares. I have to find out these anwers first. I came on here to hopefully help someone here, as I believe SI joint dysfunction is what most of us nurses with back problems stems from-the discs and all that are actually effected by the misalignment of the SI joints. Something to research! Best of luck to everyone!

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Hi Jenn, I'm right there with you, been in this field for 24 years, and got hurt on the job in July from pulling a patient's curtain for privacy, my legs didn't follow thru and I herniated L5-S1, and have a tear in the disc as well. I don't know if you have ever had to deal with workmens comp but it's been a nightmare..And the doctors DO NOT listen at all, they basically make you feel small and crazy. I've become so depressed from having to work at my full duty work, in so much constant pain. I'm suppose to be on "restricted duty" but that's a joke. I put everything in the hands of an attorney, and I'm finally off workens comp, (released as non-fixable), and have an appointment with my own surgeon tomorrow. I guess it doesn't matter what field we're in Jenn, it's the same for everybody, and I have no idea how I'm suppose to live this way forever?

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Hello to Jenn & all the other back pain sufferers who interact on this site. I thought I would give an update on my progress(or lack there-of) Since my MRI Last spring that showed 3 fractured disks, 3 herniated disks,spondylolisthisis, degenerative disk disease, scoliosis,& hyperkyphosis. In addition it was found I have cruched and pinched nerves at the nerve root openings from L3,L4,L5, S1,S2 which are crushed by multiple osteobytes. Now here I am, in December, still waiting for some kind of relief from the pain. Actually, I am beyond the word pain, I am suffering, most days I am confind to home and very ANGRY; at the fact that our medical care is being run by the insurance companies, at the cost of the patients Quality of Life. The treatment protocol, called for me to go to a spine Clinic where I received a series of 4 Epidural steroids injections every 2 weeks, they did nothing in terms of pain relief and i left my last visit there with no feeling in my R. leg.and with $320.00 less in my pocket for co-pays. Back to my GP and now a refferal to an Orthopedic Surgeon, who ordered a nerve conduction test, bone density scan, and diagnosed me with needing a disks removal and fusion of 7 vertebrae. Well I did a lot of my own research and everything I read and people who have had disk fusions all strongly discouraged me. Most said I would not be able to wipe my own rear or pick up a dropped item if I went ahead with allowing the Dr to fuse 7 vertebrae. It would considerably limit my range of motion, In addition I have learned that herniated and fractured disks can heal on their own with time and a lot of rest. It also would not address my sciaticata pain or do anything about my severly damaged Nerves that were discovered by the Nerve conduction testing Dr. Whom I felt was the only honest Dr. I spoke to, on this merry go round.He told me, He is not suppose to make reccomendations based upon my results from the nerve conduction test but he off the record told me I had absolutely, better see a Neurosurgeon, if I wanted to be upright and walking by this time next year. This Dr. told me I had severe nerve damage in L5,S1,&S2, I had foot drop and way reduced reflexes in my R. leg. He was the ONLY Dr who asked to watch me walk, and then said I was literally dragging my right leg and then looked at my R. shoe and showed me how much more it was worn down. He said they should have sent you to a Neurosurgeon , when you reported the Sciatic nerve pain with Radiculopathy, for it didnt take a nerve conduction test for one to see I had nerve damage.
So I went home and tried to make an appointment with a NeuroSurgeon, but because I saw an Orthopedic Surgeon first, This Neurosurgeons patient coordinator, said that He didnt do second opinions. Period. I argued that this wasn't a 2nd opinion I wanted the Arthritic osteobytes removed from my Sciatic nerve root opening as well as the L5, S1 & S2....I absolutely did not want 7 vertabrae fused in my back. She told me it was still condired a second opinion unless I went back to my GP and got a referral directly to the Neurosurgeon. Took 2 weeks to get an appointment, in the meantime I had a bone density scan that showed I had Osteopenia, but I got my referral. When I called to set up an appointment with the Neurosurgeon, referral in hand, She said no I was misinformed, it was stil considered a second opinion and they refused me an appointment. I live in a very rural community, but the big town with all the big Dr.s is 3 hrs away. After that last appointment refusal, I completely broke down, feeling betrayed, broken and complete loss of all hope. If not for my deep spiritual beliefs, I was ready to end it all.It took almost 7 months from MRI and all these required tests, and now I am left with nothing,unless I can find a way to the bigger cities on the Coast. I feel hopeless, in constant Chronic pain, with no relief in sight. The only thing I can figure is that Neurosurgeon didnt want to step on Orthopedic Dr.s toes...so I guess I was supposed to have let Him Fuse 7 vertebrae and make his 15-18K and then go to Neurosurgeon and then he could make His 10-12K. Our medical system has become like everything else nowadays All about Money not about Patients suffering. I was once a horse trainer in my younger days and I can tell you going to the Drs has become nothing more than like running cattle thru the chutes to do their yearly vaccinations....We are just Cattle not patients, they need to push as many of us through the chutes so they can make the best $$$$$ sign me Defeated in Washington State.
I find it extremely ironic that 2 weeks ago I noticed a small lump on my pet Rottweilers eye. I made an appointment with the Vet, She suggested surgical removal since it was on her eye, and if it continued to grow, could possibly scratch her cornea, and lead to blindness. She set the surgery for that following Monday, the surgery was the successful and my beloved pet is home, healthy and pain free. Preety sad when our pets get better medical care than us humans do!!!

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Wow!!! I haven't been on here for a while and after reading all of your responses just breaks my heart. After helping, caring and serving others I have come to conclusion that we nurses are just disposable and that the industry is actually cold hearted which contradicts our mission. As an upcoming yearly update, my pain is increasingly getting worse. My Scoliosis is far worse than my initial x-ray in 09, my spondylosis and Facet disease are worsening. Now my iliosacral joints are affected. It feels that my spine is literally on fire. My legs and arms are extremely heavy and I have tingling in both hands and feet with numbness. My bowel and bladder status is worsening and I am having difficulty with swallowing. Years ago an ENT informed me that I had an esophagus of an 80 year old woman (when I was about 25). He said that my esophagus does not contract like it should. I have increased pressure in my thoracic area that radiates to the chest and I describe it as if someone has a belt around me that's tightening and causing difficulty with breathing. All this time, I've been working and muddling thru the days until I get home in the afternoon and collapse in extreme fatigue to the point that I feel like curling up in a ball and dying. I have now been on Vyvanse to help with my memory and forgetfulness for about 8 months now. I can be talking and in mid sentence totally forget what I was talking about. This is really scarying me. In the meantime I take the Vyvanse in the am, Hydrocodone 15mg/500 qid and Amrix ER (for spasms) at night. I cannot sleep at all at night because of spasms. I scared a fellow nurse a few months ago because she was giving me an IM Toradol injection. She stopped and said "this never happened to me the needle bent." That's how bad my spasms are. With all the medicine it's not getting better. I just had another MRI yesterday and plan to see a neurosurgeon in a couple weeks. In the meantime, I am on FMLA and now my employer is not happy with me but what am I to do?? I cannot physically work. People look at me and tell me that I look great but deep down inside I feel horrible. Not only do I have all these back problems but now I fear that there's a little more to the equation. What do you guys think? And thank you all for the support. I realize that Veterans deserve to be taken care of and they deserve the upmpost honor.. however.. I think that nurses should just have a sliver of that honor and a returned promise to be cared for as well. I'm not comparing nurses to veterans but we are veterans in our profession.

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Hi Jennk37 fellow nurse,
It is good to hear from you again,although i am sorry everything is worsening with your spine.I have man of the similar problems.I had lumbar fusion on L5-S1 on March 25th.I thought i was doing better until i try to be a little more active,now my whole back is in pain.I also have severe degenerative disk disease in my neck which is getting worse,i too have had a lot of difficulty swallowing lately,and weird but also trouble breathing and a constant tightening around my chest,i was wondering what that was all about?I know i will need the neck surgery after i reasonably recover from this back surgery.I feel like there is a knife jabbing in my left shoulder.I agree with everything you said about this nursing profession,it is a shame.I have now applied for permanent disability with social security.I feel like a worn out body ,28 years i gave to this profession only to be kicked to the curb.I am so sorry for you too,us nurses have to stick together,after all hasn't it always been that way?I will be praying for you,let me know how it goes with the neurosurgeon.
Blessings,
Nurse Nancy

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Thank you Nurse Nancy. I will be praying for you as well. I see this website as a blessing in the fact that we can listen, learn and care for each other through thoughtful support. Its a nice place to vent frustrations and feelings and know that we are not alone. However, I'm not glad that others feel the same way I do, it's just reassuring that I'm not the only one feeling like this. I find the system very hypocritical that our pain is not very well managed but on the flip side.. working as a nurse... if you do not manage your patients pain or pass them off as faking... you can be set up in a huge litigal suit and facilities can be sited largely!! It's in our mindset "treat the pain.. pain is real.. look for nonverbal signs of pain.. if you don't treat it your in huge trouble.It's better to treat than not to treat." I'm not a drug seeker.. I don't do recreational drugs.. I don't even drink alcohol.. I have 3 beautiful children and a wonderful supporting husband that I need to take care of. I am active in my church and missionary work as well. I just want to be able to continue to function day by day with even just minimal pain (as it never ever goes away). I feel that I have a huge pain tolerance. I've even had doctors and dentist tell me that. I can handle acute pain pretty well because there's always an ending... with chronic pain.. I describe it as a worm eating away at an apple slowly.. it's always there. It eats at your soul and it's very depressing. I believe that if the doctors could just spend one day with us just observing (just like us nurses do within our 8 hour shift).. they would see a different side. This 2 minute interaction is too biased. How do you get your point across to them effectively so that they listen? Keep in touch with me and we will help each other out. God bless you as well!!
Jenn

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Ok.. I luckly got in today to see the neurosurgeon because of a cancellation.. Lucky me!! I thought!! It was a total waste of time and my money. He didn't listen to me or my complaints. His nurse practictioner first came in to gather the medical history. He came in asked me a few questions and did a very quick physical on the legs and told me to do exercises and encourage physical therapy. He also referred me to a Physiatrist (who specializes in Physical therapy and other modalities). I told him "that's it??!!" what about my numbness, decrease in strength, Shortness of breath, pain in chest and back, weakness, fatigue, bowel and bladder problems, difficulty with swallowing, blurred vision, cognitive difficulties, spasms, insomnia??!! Could I have Multiple Sclerosis? (I don't like to self diagnose myself but wanted to throw it out there since he wasn't going there.) He stated "Multiple Sclerosis doesn't cause pain and nothing that you told me indicates Multiple Sclerosis." HUH??????? He gave me a piece of paper on how to do back stretches and $300.00 later that's all I get. I cried all the way home and have lost total faith in our system. What does it take to have a person be heard? I don't know what else to do and I haven't felt this bad and so depressed and lost. If I didn't have strong faith in God, I don't know what I would do. This is beyond belief and I'm beyond frustrated. I'm giving up on all doctors.

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Hi Jennk37,
I am so sorry you had such a bad experience with the neurosurgeon,but PLEASE don't give up.Now more than ever you need to keep trusting God and believing that HE will bring a good doctor into your life to treat you.I know i went through a few lying fraudulent work comp docs in the beginning who i was sent to by work comp insurance carrier,and thank God i got a great doctor who knew all my issues were real,and i got a great attorney who also really helped me to get my surgery.I will keep you in my prayers.
Blessings,
Nurse Nancy

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I know this all too well, I was in allied healthcare
for 29 years, and teaching it for the last 8. I can't
express enough how disheartening these stories
are. I was diagnosed with the exact same things,
L5-S1 blew out while at work for Labcorp and not
only was I forced to work my 40 hours for the first
3 weeks like that, but I was also accused of lying about the injury! I just can't believe how the very
people we work side by side with for 3 decades
can be so petty and cruel. And shame on the doctors that "treat" us, if that's what their calling it! Best of luck to you, I'll be praying for all of us..

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I am so mad I had a dr who was giving me 30 mg oxicodone and about 8 a day I was able
To ride my horses , clean private homes now the yard hike had pain relief. I checked out the medication and since it came in 5 10 20 30 40 60 80 and at one time 120 mg tab I thought it was a safe mid range med the dr was arrested for over perscribing now they knocked my meds down to 4 20 mg a day I was unable to take the 30 mg oxy morphine it made me puke left me in worse pain so they just give me the lower dose oxy and a ton of ibuprofen 800 that is tearing up my stomache. I can't get them to give me anything more and one ten mg oxy would at least get me thru the night. I took meds a ms directed and feel like because other dr have the higher dose I do have a bigger tolerance also not my fault so am left unable to do little more than clean my own house. I got a huge lecture of how things wear out and my back no worse than anyone my age . I insisted on new exrays it shows major bone spurs total degenerated lower discs but still being left in pain to bad they don't have a pain meter. I see people twice my age who can do twice as much I have always been active I am not a drug addit and feel discriminated against because I need pain meds

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Yes because of all the druggies people like u and I are left crying all night great deal also to be made to feel like u are a drug seeker I just don't understand how a young dr with no pain can be so cruel I bet when they are older and have pain they all get plenty of meds to keep them out of pain this is a abomination of injustice I deal with every day I have so much damage to lower discs and bone spurs and they try say it's normal for someone 55 waking up all night in tears isn't normal but because of the druggies real people with real pain taking a beating And health cares a joke because I live with a guy who I am not married too they hold his wages against me so I am not eligible for any help sadly I hurt every day and they just want to do more damages with tons of ibuprofen it is rediculous nothing I can do the young painless doctors are gods

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Same with me. I had a L5, S1 rhizotomy 1/7/16. I had 2 weeks of no pain, that's it. Now the pain is new and in a different place. Now it's much lower, which prevents me from being able to stand upright to walk. I can't take anymore meds! I just have to be in 8/10 pain. I don't understand the rhizotomy now. I thought I did before. It sounded like a cut and dry procedure. Either it works or it doesnt. When I had those 2 weeks of no pain, I woke up in the morning, could take a shower and comfortably dry my long hair. I didn't feel that doom that I normally feel every morning. Things were easier to do. (This was while on all my back meds, but pain went down to a 2/10 instead of a 7 or 8). No chronic fatigue. I was doing PT twice a week for 6 weeks. The last few days up to my last PT visit I was increasing activities, doing more abd core exercises and increased weights, per therapist. My back was destroyed the next day. I started taking flexeril around the clock. I described what I felt to my dr's PA. He said I just pulled muscles. My massage therapist said I overworked my abd core muscles at the attacment. So basically I reinjured my back again from PT. There's always this very fine line for exercise and me. I have fibromyalgia on top of chronic back pain. When I'm in acute back pain, this aggravates my fibromyalgia, so that means all my joints will hurt, the fibro target areas are very painful and my skin burns. It also causes chronic fatigue and reacts to traumatic back pain. I can sleep a long time when this happens. I don't understand this new pain though. It feels really deep inside and lower on my back. I can't pinpoint it. I just know the area. It isn't relieved with walking or stretching like it did before. Massage didn't help also, for the first time ever! My work comp adjustor who works for CNA is starting to question things, like PT. It doesn't work since I've had all these visits since last may. She doesn't understand that each time I have a procedure or an injury in PT, it's considered acute again so then PT is started over from the beginning. She said I'd be lucky to get any more PT approved, so at the end of this last order I did more to equal working out at the gym. Also, my back was feeling good. (But I was moving along slowly so I wouldn't hurt myself. If I had more PT I don't think I would've tried to push it along faster at the end) And I never feel the pain from the workout until the next day. I was suppose to go back to work as an acute dialysis nurse, which is hard and heavy physically and very stressful keeping up the pace I'm supposed to be at. There is no help for me pushing the heavy machines or setting the machine up and breaking it down and cleaning everything. I would need to be 100%, no restrictions to go back to the hosoital. I could not do that now, in this condition. So work comp is expecting a return to work status. I'm very nervous to go see my Dr. I'm screwed either way. I won't be able to go back yet and I'm only getting 2/3 of my pay. It's bit like I want to do this. But I just can't go back. Losing weight is the hardest, after being active. I work 6 hrs a day 5 days a week. I can barely get out of bed to get ready for work. So I can understand. I've been in nursing for 20+ years. Received my injury at work in my 6th year. So I've been working physically hard jobs while being in severe pain for 14 years. I just want to arrange flowers!

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