My pain and my story aren't nearly as troublesome as what others on this board have endured. But I'm terribly depressed, all the same.
Quick back sitch: I've been coping with hip pain for over 15 years - it's been quite debilitating at times. My docs thought I had soft tissue damage - too much dancing and running. I'd rest, get back into exercise, and have the trouble again. The problem worsened, then I was told I have arthritis in my hip. Turns out it's likely my back - a recent xray revealed a transitional S1-L5 (congenital) that seems to have caused facet problems, at a minimum. I had my first injection last Monday, and the hip is a better (although not 100%), but my back still aches. My hunch is that there's a complex set of issues going on here.
Life sitch: For the past four years, I've been going to studying to become an RN. I've worked SO hard, earning top grades and volunteering at a hospital for over 100 hours, and now I'm finally ready to apply to a one-year intensive BNS (bachelor's nursing science) degree. I've put my friendships, passion for dance ...everything outside of work/school on hold so I could do well in school. I'm 46, have raised two children - and have wanted to be an RN my entire life. There's just no-way, no-how that I could be on my feet all day and lift patients. Just sitting behind a desk at work all day is so painful.
I'm terribly depressed and upset. I can't come to terms with the possibility of letting my RN degree go AND giving up dance.
Thanks for listening. Mary