nurses and bad backs
This is a response to the nurse that is 37 yo and is having awful back pain. I feel your misery. I have been a nurse for 17 years and it destroyed my neck and back. I have had 3 cervical fusions in the past 5 years. I have bulging discs in my low back and now have developed progressive scoliosis. I am also 37yo and have four children. I am on long term disability from my job as an ICU nurse. Pain is with me 24 hours a day. I am on Vicodin and Soma. I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and my C3-C4 is bulging with mild effacement into the spinal column. My low back pain has progressed to where I cannot sit in a chair for more than a few minutes. I see my doctor to go over a bone scan I had done yesterday. My spine looked like an S. The hardest thing about this condition is how being sick and in pain affects my family. I am tired of them having to see me in agony. I am so limited in my activity that I feel like a exist but don't enjoy life. I put my "game face" on in the evening for them but find that it takes me all day to get to that point. I hate having to be on pain medicine, nurses know that there is such a negative response from other people for taking them. I am in too much pain not to. It is nice to know that I am not the only one out there that feels this way, when I read your message I felt compelled to respond. My body has been beat up by the profession and it saddens me to see how this has happened over time.