No matter how many times I went back and forth to my doctorstelling them I wasn't sleeping, had lost 30 pounds, wasn't eating, and sinking into depressionnot one of them ever said to me, "You should see a pain doctor." I'd been a nurse for about six years, and I know the importance of getting a second opinion.
Finding relief from an unexpected solution
My new pain-management doctor told me that my disability was permanent, but that he could at least help with my constant pain. He proposed an implanted morphine pumpwhich sounded good, because I knew I'd sleep.
To help my sleep problem, I've turned my room into a peaceful haven. I have a rock garden filled with rocks from memorable places, a fountain, and candles.
Finally I could get back to work helping other people. For five years I worked as a nurse in a chronic pain practice, teaching patients relaxation techniques, massage therapy, and hot stone therapyall the things that have helped me get through my own experiences.