Hello, I'm a 38yo registered nurse. I had back surgery in 2009 after slowly herniating a couple disks. I have screws, rods, a cage and a hinge that goes from L3 down. It didn't heal. I've had ongoing pain issues with my lower back that have spiraled out of control since the surgery. No one was able to control the pain. They found that the connective tissue in my back was 'gone' which is causing more disks including one in my thoracic spine to herniate. It will be an ongoing problem. I also have other autoimmune health issues that weren't diagnosed until after my surgery. My heart has been racing since the surgery, so I'm on meds for that. They don't know what all is involved yet.
I continued to try to work as an ICU nurse... missing several days of work because of my back pain. I'm on several narcotics now, but still in pain. I had a spinal cord stimulator placed in April. However, they told me that they could get it out of my legs, and they can't. I can't work with my legs buzzing all the time because I already have peripheral neuropathy and the buzzing drives me nuts. I get spasms from the stim, also. Due to the extreme fatigue I am unable to do ANYTHING but work. This has left the rest of my life in shambles. I can barely make it through the shift, and have to take a pill to stay awake due to possible stroke. The narcolepsy came on all at once. My body is just... done. So now I've filed again for short term disability and I'm hoping to get long term disability and file for federal. I'm not happy with this, and I'm scared that I'm going to lose everything in this process. However, nothing has worked and my body is just telling me to stop.