New to all of this!
Hello everyone! I am a 54 yr. old who has been a nurse for 33 years and hiked those concrete halls for 8-12 hours for most of those. Now I find myself suddenly on FMLA for back problems interfering with my ability to work, actually to get out much and walk at all. I have had an MRI showing bulginging disc at L4, spinal stenosis, and osteoarthritis. My family doc and I started out with diet, exercise and Motrin. I was doing well, had lost 8 lbs, loved my workout!!! About a week ago, I was out with friends at a water park, being very careful what I did-and ended up in severe back pain, difficutly going from standing to sitting position! I was about 4 hours from home, and driving alone. I managed to get in the car, and did well until about 1 hour from home when I had to get out to get gas and use the restroom. Needless to say,when I tried to get back in the car, it took me about 5 minutes to grin and bear the pain and just do it. By the time I drove the rest of the way home, I could not get out of my car. Could not stand on my right leg or sit because the pain was so severe. My husband called the rescue sqaud and I went to the hospital for 2 days. Now the pain is there anytime I get up to walk, or do anything at all. This was a scarry experience, and now I am afraid to go anywhere alone. So now on modified rest, no exercise, until I see the back doctor on Wed. 7/21. I am taking steroids which are makeing me nuts and ruining my diet!!
This is a great site, I have found some wonderful information and explainations for why I feel like I do. Appreciate any support or advice anyone has to offer. I want to do whatever is going to get me back on my feet, and able to work as soon as possible-feeding too many creditors to be off forever! Especially the payment for my Mustang that I have waited until this age to be able to afford!!!!!!!!!
Good luck to everyone, and once a gain would appreciate all/any advice.