Good evening all,
I am 20-years-old and I am currently in my second year of nursing school.
A little bit of brief history: I injured myself roughly two years ago at track practice. The pain was bad enough to make me vomit, but I did not make a big deal about it, as I did not want to risk missing competitions (stupid, I know). I took a few days off of practice, but I never saw a doctor. My parents and I assumed it was a benign muscle strain. Fast-forward a year and my back pain started acting up again (after a fall on ice). I finally saw a doctor and was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis at L5/S1. My otho told me that I may want to consider a career change all things considered. Nursing is all I have ever wanted to do, and I cannot imagine doing anything else. I have done physical therapy with no avail. The only medication I take is OTC pain relief.
Anyways, now I am starting clinicals two days a week (Tues/Wed) and I am very concerned about my back. I get the worst pain when I'm on my feet for an extended period of time, or bending over for awhile.. among others. My legs also ache super badly and spasm afterwards. I know that clinicals are going to be tougher on me than others, but I am wiling to endure it.
I was wondering if anyone on here might have any suggestions for keeping the pain at bay as much as possible?
Thanks in advance
It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.