How long did you wait to quit or find a less demanding job for thos with chronic back pain?
- 26 Oct 2016 by Muthahubbs
- 2 Feb 2017
- pain, back pain, chronic, chronic back pain
This all started in late August. I had a back ache that would NOT go away. Eventually it turned into severe hip and leg pain.
I ended up going to my primary doctor in mid September. She prescribed me flexeril 5mg three times a day. I was to keep taking Ibuprofen. I was put on light duty the 1st of October. During September she recommended me to go to physical therapy, which I did for two weeks.
October 14 I had a follow up mainly because my boss thought I could work the floor (I am a cna and also a med aid for a nursing home). I keep telling her I cannot do that. Just because she doesn't see me in great pain while I'm at work doesn't mean I am well. Primary Doctor sent me for MRI. I have a herniated disc between my L4/L5. So I went to the pain management specialist. There I was told I have DDD and spinal stenosis. I am to get spinal steroid Injections, but I am wait for be approved for aid as I have no insurance.
Now my boss told me that I can't be on light duty much longer! I am really upset right now. I am considering my options and thinking about not working all together or finding a more suitable job. Who out there got told they couldn't work by their doctor? If not and you you are no longer working did you take a leave of absence? How long did you wait with the pain before it got to the point you could not work?
PS I am also on gabapentin which I am slowly working up to 3 300mg daily and 50mg of tramadol as needed every 6 hours.
Also since I only worked part-time I don't qualify for FLMA because it requires a person to have worked 1250 hours in 12 months and if I did my math right I've accumulated 840.
I am new to this site. Thank you for your time!
Sorry that we let you down without a response. I personally waited until the pain got so bad I couldn't really work. Ibuprofen had compromised my liver and I was very sick. I really wish I had left sooner before the job aggravated a pre-existing injury further. At the same time it is hard to give up the security of being employed.
PS. If you are going to take painkillers for an extended period of time, I would not recommend Tramadol (because of horrible dependency issues). 5mg of oxycodone would be a semi equivalent as your 50mg Tramadol and is far easier to discontinue.
Good luck and take care.
Don't quit your job yet until you find out what you can get covered through your job.
I'm an RN and I know what toll the CNA work can cause on your backs.
Are you submitting claim under workmen's comp?
I don't know the rules in your state.
However, I don't think the number of hours you work makes a difference if it is work related.
Yes you have changes to your spine. The question is ...
Did you injure your back while doing your job?
I know that the staffing needs cause CNAs to do heavy lifting and turning with no help because there isn't any extra help.
Wouldn't it be better to get a paycheck (reduced) while staying home to recover?
They usually ask on pre-employment forms about back trouble. You can honestly say you were unaware and had no symptoms.
They would rather keep their employees part-time x 2 than pay benefits of one full time.
I would investigate what your options are before quitting because once you quit you will no longer be eligible.
You will also now be limited to what type of job you can get.
I would be able to get a nursing job at home through insurance companies, etc.
Unfortunately you cannot. You would have to train to do a different type of work.
If you are eligible, they may be willing to train you to be a secretary or another desk job where you are.
Once you quit, all bets are off!
Plus you would have to state on your next CNA job (if you get to be feeling better) that you DO have back trouble.
It may be worth spending a hundred bucks to do a quick consult with a lawyer.
Another advantage to going through a lawyer is that they "work" with certain doctors who will state your case to your benefit.
See what I mean?
Good luck and thank you for the job you do. Nurses would be lost without CNAs..
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