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edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in New Member Introductions
Told myself no more forums or chatrooms or message boards.
I'm gonna take a chance here.

OK: I have DDD in my cervical and lumbar spine. I have cervical rediculopathy, sciatica-as well rediculopathy in my legs, facet joint disorder in my lumbar and cervical spine, bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, Fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, Migraines and VERY severe neck pain as my cervical spine is spurred and has no curve to it anymore. There is also foraminal narrowing in my cervical spine...and the hit parade goes on and on!

At this time, I have, once again, entered the PT phase of my treatment, which includes water aerobics and traction. I will also be beginning epidural injections and IV Lidocaine. I am on numerous meds for pain, muscle relaxers, etc. I have also gone to a wonderful Medical Massage Therapist for about five or six years. I tried Chiro...only temporary relief. Then the pain came back, even worse!

I am a disabled nurse...and finally having to give up my beloved career was about the last straw for quite awhile! I briefly read the new posts, the first being the disabled doctor. I think it is very hard for care-givers to suddenly find themselves on the other end of the spectrum. We don't make good patients. :|

I can be very verbose, so I will stop now to keep from wearing out my welcome.


That's my baby in the pic I choose. She died suddenly from liver cancer last summer. It still tears me up sometimes. she was quite a cat!!


  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    First of all let me tell you thank you for being a nurse. It is a profession IMO that takes a person with a golden heart. I think you will find that this site is not like most. You will find advise,a place to vent and most of all friends here. On bad days I have received comforting words,support and at other times much needed humor. It is comforting to be able to speak to others in the same situation that truly understand our issues.
  • I think my job in nursing made me a better person, gave me empathy and strength.

    Otherwise, I don't think I could handle all this agony and loss as well as I do (sometimes better than others of course.)

    Thank you for welcoming me and am looking forward to the support and advice-plus all the info columns!

    Take care and God Bless

  • Hi Annie,

    Welcome to Spine Health. If you are looking for compassion, advise, support and understanding this is the place to be. First, I am sorry about losing your lovely kitty, I know the pain as throughout the years we lost several of. Even after years later we still talk about them.

    Now as far as giving up nursing,is it for sure? I know that day-to-day nursing is a physically very demanding profession, but it may be possible to do some part time work, that does not involve physical exertion. I am thinking about the visiting nurses who came to my house after surgery. They took my vital signs, check out my incision, discussed any problems or concerns I had. They were very dedicated but I think it was physically not too demanding. Have you thought about something like that? Just a thought.

    Take care and read the various posts, some of them can be quite helpful.

  • You have come to a great site for sharing experiences and support. We share at least two things in common. I'm a disabled LPN and finally accepted that after 2 years of trying to go back to work, and, as you can see from my pic, an avid lover of cats! That's Toby, my new addition to the family. He's a great guy and loves to snuggle. So sorry about your loss, did you get another cat or kitten?

    Best wishes to you,

  • we to have lost about 5 kitties and one doggie in the last 4 years!
    too much death!

    as for trying to work, I have tried...in fact, I was approved for SSD in 06, but went back to work part time. i woke up at the nurses station after i had fainted due to pain and exhaustion. this was working about 2-3 days per week, 4 hour shifts only. i would love to find some kind of work, but my narcolepsy and mood disorders, etc, pretty much put an end to that idea. some days-or weeks-i sleep 24 hours a day! even with the c-pap i recieved after my sleep study and the nuvigil my rhuemy gave me recently.i stiil often sleep the day away. i hate it!

    on a better note, i did get a new kitty. her name is squeek and she looks so much like my annie it is sometimes scary. annie "told" me to get another cat just a few days after she died (i do believe animals have a soul) and jim, my guy, took me right away to find one. she is crazy!! jim got a new dog, too. life goes on and we just keep going!
    sorry for the poor "penmenship" but is is so much easier to type without caps and so forth.

    thank you both for writing, and now i need to get myself off to bed. my sleepy meds are kicking in.

    so far, i really like it here!!

    seems weird that i have to take meds at nite to sleep when i have narcolepsy, ya think. that is the good old Fibro i've had for 20 years or so. so many opposing diagnoses.

    btw, i too am an lpn and i loved my patients at the nursing homes and at hospice. they were awesome, even when they were 'ornry lol
  • I too am an RN disabled by back pain so can understand your pain and not being able to work right now. Last year a charming 3 year old male cat who was abandoned down the street moved out and left this cat in the neighborhood. We've adopted him and the previous owner came back after 5 months to reclaim him. Five weeks later he showed up at the door intent on staying with me. I never wanted another pet after I lost my cat "Puff" who's now at Rainbow Bridge probably playing with your dear departed kitty right now. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you are certainly facing alot of issues. :? i am glad you stopped by and decided to see what the forum is about. it must have been very difficult to give up your career, a problem many of us face!!! please stick around till you can make yourself at home! :D good luck with your search for pain relief! =D> Jenny :)
  • Someone else has just joined who's a nurse and she's also suffered from back problems through lifting etc. In addition, a friend of mine was a senior nurse and her career was wrecked by back problems. Although it seems obvious in retrospect, I never realised how many nurses are affected in this way.

    There ought to be some kind of job-related medical insurance for nurses - is there? I'm from the UK and although the NHS is free to all, to my knowledge, nurses do not receive any sort of special treatment.

    By reading the posts and peer-reviewed articles, I've learned so much about the problems in dealing with many aspects of spine pathology, so I sincerely hope you'll find this site as useful and friendly as I have.

    Bye, Val
  • I have been in a lot of pain last day or so. Had to skip my physical therapy, my voice lessons and my community chorus practice. I can tell you which ones I missed the most :>

    I used to discuss this with members of a Fibromyalgia group I belonged to...till the behaviors became way less than adult, that is. But it is an interesting phenonomen. I bet 60% of the women on the forum had been nurses or worked in healthcare in some capacity. Is it MRSA? I really don't have a clue as to what it could be...or is it no more than coincidence. :??
    It is a very physically demanding job. As well as the painting, farmwork and construction and house cleaning and waitressing I did! We didn't have a farm...all of our neighbors did.

    Hope all are feeling as well as can be expected and are as pain-free as possible. Not much to hope for, sometimes, but it works!
  • Welcome to SH :H I'm also sorry that you had to give up such an admirable profession and there are many here who relate to what you are going through. Are you considering having surgery for your cervical pain? What type of specialist are you seeing? I go to pain mgt and my NS takes care of the slicing and dicing...just kidding. He's a wonderful surgeon and the only one I trust to operate on my back. When you find a great doctor, you stay with them. Anyway, I hope they do something for you that will bring you some type of relief. Take care O:)
  • Thankyou MeyDey321. I like your puppy pic! It is nice when people post a picture to go with their username. Tells you more about them.

    I am still in the early stages of degneration.
    I finally got in to see my mom's doc after months and months of waiting. He's that good! He immediately diagnosed me with Lumbar DDD ( I have a year old MRI stating I have cervical DDD and forminal stenosis and with facet arthropathy, etc. but no one seemd to think it too important!)
    My mom has been with her (our) rheumy for 12 years. She has had 4 back surgeries, knee replacements, right foot fusion, thyroid surgery...the doc said to me "see what you have to look forward too!" I had a Migraine that day, so I didn't laugh. Seriously, he is a really good doc...Yale; John Hopkins...very "high-end" education. But also very down to earth. It is so good to have someone listen for a change!

    Right now, he has me in PT, aquatic therapy, traction, etc. He is going to begin epidural injections into my spine along with a Lidocaine drip. (Read somewhere it helps to flush away the inflammed tissue.)

    I know a good doc will start out as conservative as possible...wouldn't have it any other way. Im hoping and praying I never have to go under the knife-especially for my cervical spine! I am a professional vocalist and it is one of the few things I can still do! I could lose my voice permanently by having the "wrong" type of neck surgery! :''(

    Sorry you have suffered so much. I know how horrible it is after watching my mom go through it all. My older sister is facing back surgery for the same issues now, too. It is a genetic thing on my mom's side. My dad is perfectly healthy!
  • Hi Charry

    I love that little story! The vet's office sent it to me after my baby died, but I had heard it many times. It just didn't HURT quite so much before!

    I wasn't gonna get another kitty, either. Annie was one in a billion! She was my very best friend in the whole world...and smart? She is sitting on top of my old computer basically telling me to get off the darn thing and pay some attention to her! She would also go into what I called her "pyramid pose." She was a bit pear shaped-as many kitties get-and she would just park somewhere, within my visual range, and stare at me! She was so funny!

    I know she is at Rainbow Bridge, and I am sure, down inside, she misses me just as much! But at least she is no longer suffering!

    Take care and God bless,
  • Hello, Jenny.

    I am trying to catch up on answering posts. I was kinda in bed/on couch lately. Right now I am sitting in my ergonomic desk chair with my massaging lumbar cushion...and it ain't doing one bit of good! :? Wonder why? Hehehehehe.

    Thank you for your welcoming message. I feel so far that this forum is different from some I have joined in the past. I just hurt too much to play childish games and all that nonsense. I have a feeling most here feel the same. Chronic pain is pretty much all-consuming most of the time.

    Thanks again,
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