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betsterbbetster Posts: 1
edited 09/17/2015 - 3:29 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello all. I am new to the site, obviously :)...in 2010 I had a treatment by a chiropractor which caused me to have 'severely' herniated disks C3-C7. I had surgery, discectomy, spinal fusion just following the "treatment". I was a RN and manager in a large NICU. After trying to go back to work for several months - going back to, then off for 3 months - then back, I was injured in the workplace in 2011... I have not worked since that time, despite going thru pain management programs, months and months of PT, OT, etc. I have battled with depression and anxiety since - as I lost my 'identity', when in lost my job - or so it seemed for quite a while. Now, some 4 years later, I do ok...I was seeing a therapist for a while to get me thru my 'loss'...but my pain continues - as bad as ever - so I thought I would try one of these forums...I look forward to reading some of your posts n having y'all read mine. It is a daily struggle that no one understands unless they live it every day ...

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  • Motor1MMotor1 Pittsburgh, PaPosts: 556
    I can relate to your story. I am a CNA & got hurt on the job over 2 years ago. I've had 3 surgeries. 2 neck surgeries & rotator cuff surgery.
    My neck doctor has told me that I'll never go back to that line of work again. I've been doing this for over 30 years.
    What are you doing to help your pain? Do you have a pain management doctor?
  • Welcome! This forum has been a life saver for me for years. Actively engaging these past weeks have helped me deal with the chronic pain as I prepare for my third fusion. I'm just not sure what outcome I will have but feel positive because the other two fusions were wonderful in returning me to mobility.

    I too lost my identity, 3 years ago. I was a children's librarian, a job I was wonderful at and fulfilled me. You know if you find the perfect profession, it's a joy to go to work daily. I was heartbroken to leave. I've been a homemaker these past three years and have enjoyed it, but hope to go back to school after fusion recovery and train to be a phlebotomist. I want a job where I can work with people in health care and not bring the work home. That way I can still support my family and be present. The unknown is my mobility. Right now I'm in bed most days. It's hard. Some days are great, others not so much.

    I look forward to journeying together in spiney land. Welcome!
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