well , i will be starting RN school this month and will finish next may. I have been accepted to the online program but will be scheduling my clinicals and taking the tests on campus. My question relates to my pain management while on clinicals and during tests. Normally i am allowed extra time on tests because of the pain medications and having to constantly change positions.The extra time on tests is to allow me to double check my answers because sometimes when im in pain i miss tiny details because i concentrate on the pain. my meds dont affect me cognitively , they just help take the edge off the pain. Unfortunately i deal with mostly nerve pain and cannot take the nerve meds because of the cognitive effects. (although lyrica worked great for the nerve pain it made me dumber than a box of rocks.)when im at work i use a tens unit and change positions alot to help. I have been advised by many practicing nurses and one instructor from another program that i should not advise or let on to my needing pain meds to function nor even allow my tens unit to be shown because they may put two and two together and start inquiring. I am concerned on how i will be able to get through clinicals without showing pain since i walk with a limp. I have been told despite it being covered by the ADA in school the nursing board will boot me out quicker than snot. yes i know the concern regarding care and med dosages i will be administering patients. I have a process of triple checking all details and i function well as long as my pain is controlled. I will be planning to take much less meds while on shift but am concerned regarding if im "found out" regarding pain management in ANY form i will lose my spot in a program i worked so damn hard to get into. Is the rumors regarding this issue true and what advice do you have? thank you for your time.