I am new here and I am glad I found this site. I am suffering from Chronic pain due to an accident 2 years ago. It hasn't dulled or gotten better, I have just learned to manage it mentally and keep on moving forward with my life.
But I do have concerns that my doctor brought up. I am in a point in my life where I have to go back to school. I chose to change my major from social work to Dental Hygiene, quite honestly because to earn the income I would as a hygienist with a social work degree, I would have to get my Masters in Social Work and would require me to be in school and additional 4-5 years. I like working with people period, And I though hygiene would be good because its flexibility and great pay. I know I will have to sit bent over a patient for a certain amount of time each day and I understand the hurdles I will be going through everyday. I go thru them already as a mother of 2 young children. I wake up stiff, do my daily activities as normal, but by night what is normal to most people tears me apart. I am in agony and pain, using heating pads and pain medication to dull something that will never truly go away. I exercise daily and that has helped with the joint pain elsewhere on my body, but the back pain is a daily issue due to the fact that we use our backs for EVERYTHING.
My question to you is, How can I ever alter my plans again. IS it really that bad of a job for a person with chronic back issues. I figured I would be walking around, charting patient information and yes cleaning teeth all day but with occasional breaks. My doctors wife is a dentist so he says it may really cause issues for me in the future. Im stuck between a rock and hard place. I don't want to allow this injury to run my life. I am extremely young and I have kids that need me to support them. I refuse to be on welfare because of this injury and making a better life for myself seems impossible.
I am frustrated and don't know what to do. Any advice?