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Are you employed? Are you employed?

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Unread 03-12-2012, 11:34 PM
Are you employed?

Im at my wits end with pain! I dont think I can work anymore...after walking for 30 min the pain is so intense. I have to stop for breaks and use my heating pad.

Is there anyone unemployed because of your "problem"? My problem is endo, either adeno/fibroids, ?interstitial cystitis...
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Unread 03-13-2012, 05:18 AM
Re: Are you employed?

I am still working on my feet 10+ hours a day and I feel like crying by hour 3-4. I really want to just take time off before surgery, but I can't...surgery is a week from Thursday :/ So I do the best I can, but the pain fogs my brain and I have been making mistakes. Oh well, I guess - they won't ease up my workload and I am exhausted and losing weight...cysts, fibroids, cramps, bleeding (almost 2 months of constant light flow with flooding), and headaches...and fatigue! SO tired...I wish I could stay home until surgery...blah...
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Unread 03-13-2012, 11:43 PM
Re: Are you employed?

I have been un employed for 3 years and my surgery is in 2 weeks. I am fortunate that money isn't an issue, but very much looking forward to getting back to work post op. The constant pain and bleeding made it impossible to work, so I went to school instead.
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Unread 03-14-2012, 12:06 AM
Re: Are you employed?

Hi, unfirtunately I am not working. Have worked in my career (as a nurse even) abt 6months in the last 6yrs. Was able to help a friend out a tiny bit with a store she had, but that was only because she was able to.be completely flexible. I see a pain specialist, & have for about 4 yrs. Before I was told I needed to leave the long hours by both my gyn & the pain specialist I had missed LOTS of work because of pain and/or bleeding issues. Cant really have a nurse taking care of people when she has to take narcotics to function even minimally. I think when the pain specialist had me see the psychiatrist in his practice that may have been a big help in my qualifying for disability (he diagnosed me w severe depression- duh, im 37 & cant work bc I hurt that wud depress anyone, & PTSD). Like I said, my work history before that also had many periods of time out on medical leave bc of symptoms or bc of having surgery. I am very grateful for the disability $ I receive, but am really looking forward to getting better so I can go back to caring for other people. We BARELY get by on the disability & thats even with some help from family since I am not married & I have a 6 yr old. I am waiting on a date @ the castle for a daTH bc of bleeding issues, endo & likely adeno. Its been a very long, hard road that I would not wish on anyone. I am so thankful to have found this group & all the support offered to each other.
Back to your orig post- walking, standing, or even sitting for any real length of time causes me extreme pain. Then there is the added pain w bowel & bladder that I never know when its going to have me on the floor.
I would say to talk with your doctor. See if s/he thinks a pain specialist may be able to help you in any way. My pain doc has helped with some nerve pain I have, & like I said I think he (along with my gyn) were instrumental to my application for disability going through.
I look forward to joining the other princesses, feeling well & going back to work so I can help some of the people who have helped me out.
Best wishes & big hugs- remember u are not alone here!
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Unread 03-14-2012, 01:41 AM
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I was a student and working 32 hours a week. I had to drop my classes this semester because the pain and bleeding were too much. I couldn't keep running out of classes due to bleeding. Teachers are kind of worried when that happens. I am also going to have to quit my new job. So sad about that because I love it, but I can't keep up with the demands and the hours. I'm working as a phlebotomist right now and the company is great, but because I'm a new employee I don't qualify for a long term leave like the one I need to recover. It's rough, but I'm confident that after April 17th I'll be on the mend and ready to get back into the swing of things!
Thanks for sharing your stories!! It's comforting to not feel like the only one.
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Unread 03-14-2012, 05:07 AM
Re: Are you employed?

I am lucky that way - been employed with this company for 5 years and have full coverage...but I know my attitude is crap and it's because I hurt SO much ALL the time. I feel bad about feeling bad, you know? I feel guilty about not being at 100% these days. I work in pharma (compounding injectables, small volume parenterals, large lots, 300,000+ units/day) and it's very labor intensive. Until the last few months, I LOVED my job and I couldn't wait to get a new drug to play with...now I HATE it and the thought of doing anything new scares me because I can't trust myself due to the pain.

For you ladies that work in any form of healthcare...I understand. I think I'd quit any job that didn't pay as well as this one does. But it's only 4-5 more working days and then I'm in the castle and on the road to recovery. And hope to be at least 80% when I return. And that'll be fine with me - right now I am working at 20% and sometimes not even that. Very discouraging. Plus school. At least school is okay and I am able to attend online for now. So I will be okay there, I think (I hope!). It was hard getting into my Master, so I really don't want to mess that up...

Here's to all of us struggling to make it through! Chins up! Take care and keep us all posted. And I will visit from the other side as soon as I can. We're here for each other and that's a great thing
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Unread 03-14-2012, 09:31 AM
Re: Are you employed?

I too am a nurse. I work 12hr shifts overnight, its rough even when I dont feel like crap. But forgetfulness, moving slow secondary to pain, and me just not being myself are overwhelming. Luckily my last night at work was slow so I was able to sit on and off doing charting with my heating pad.
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Unread 03-14-2012, 12:44 PM
Re: Are you employed?

I work part time as a registered nurse in a busy emergency department. I manage to work 2 ten hour shifts per week. I don't qualify for fmla, waiting to hear if they approved me for departmental medical leave of absence. I get to use my saved 200 hours of pto (paid time off) until it runs out. I hurt everyday, nearly all day but I still have only missed work 1 time in the past year, nearly perfect attendance for 7 years. I take celebrex and ibuprofen to help with the pelvic pains, it helps, have really missed it these past 2 weeks while waiting for surgery on Tylenol only.

I would hate to be unemployed, being off for recovery will be isolating and lonely. My coworkers are like family!
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Unread 03-16-2012, 08:00 PM
Re: Are you employed?

Kat0527- yes, coworkers are like family- I miss that terribly. My (non-healthcare) friends say they see my face light up whenever I am asked "medical" advice. My previous co-workers (and best friends) have been much more supportive with all that is going on for me. I am keeping my fingers crossed that as I come out the other side of the castle enough of my issues will be better so I can return to work. Because of my own experiences with pain & bad experiences in hospitals my prior co-workers were always wanting me to take their "chronic" patients. I miss helping people! Im so happy to have found HysterSisters where I hope I can offer some help & support. I also look forward to being part of this community long after the castle! Big hugs to everyone!
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