RN now suffering with back pain and not being heard
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.