| | Fibro and Herniated disc, lost job
I was diagnosed about 5 years ago with Fibro. In the meantime, I started a new teaching job that requires restraining students, very physical job. The job, I believe exacerbated my symptoms. I had neck and lower back pain. Went to see an orthopedic spine doctor. Had an MRI, results: herniated disc in neck and lumbar. Doctor put restrictions on me, that caused my company to put me on medical leave, no pay, but at least medical insurance. I can't sleep because of the pain and in the last couple days I have developed some spasticity in my legs and in my arms. I cannot straighten my arm all the way out, i have lost strength in both hands, I have pain radiating down both arms. I have pain in my buttocks, and in my legs. I cannot take any of the meds they give for fibro,,, I am seeing a pain management dr, but not til the 26th of Feb. I have been given zanaflex and it helps minimally. I hate taking any type of medication that is a narcotic because honestly, it just feels like I am drugged and in pain. Orthopedic doc, recommends surgery and confident it well help, but probably will not be able to go back to my current job. I feel bad because they told me they don't want to lose me and basically want me to do what i need to do to come back. I feel guilty because I doubt that will happen. I know I need to focus on my health but I feel pressured to get well fast. The pressure is stressful. I am finding it hard to believe that between the fibro and the herniated disc, that those two things are so debilitating. I would like to maybe have someone to chat with that may understand this craziness.