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   Posted 8/5/2010 10:21 PM (GMT -6)   
eyes  Ugh...I am so over this pain. Back to work at the school started yesterday. I had deliveries made while I was in a redundant meeting, and you guessed it..they put stuff wherever. I opened one of my store room doors and couldn't even get in. Pilled about 8 foot high/20 foot wide were my dry storage deliveries. I had to move everything out into a hallway just to get in and bring everything back in to put it on the shelves where it belonged. cry   Then I had a required meet and great with all incoming 7th graders. If I didn't love these kids, I would so look for a different job. It makes it hard to come home and do things with my own kids. Then back in to the -10 deg. freezer to put away all 165 cases that were in the wrong spots. I tried to get all my paperwork(three huge boxes full) put up in files and organized. 2 hours into that I decided I was going home. My joints are roaring and my sharp, stabbing pain from them feels like it's spreading.(I know it's not but..) I don't know if i herniated my back again but it already feels like my siatica is agrivated. 2 days in and i'm in bad shape. Only 186 more days til I'm back to just cleaning the 76 schools in our district. I don't know which is worse at this point. I'm counting the days til my new Rhuemy app. and pr. app. 16 for one and 19 for the other. I hope they figure out something. Tramadol, and Cymbalta are just not cutting it at all.I think shock therapy might work at this point. smhair Ok vented, thanks. Hope you all are having a pain free evening. Heather rolleyes

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   Posted 8/5/2010 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Nice to meet you, Heather. I totally get what you mean about it being hard to go home after work and be able to do things with your kids. I feel the same way just about every day. I work as an administrative assistant and I'm also a grad student, and I have a 3 year old daughter at home. I wish you luck with your return to work. Aren't your doctors willing to place you on limitations so you don't have to continue moving boxes and such? I can't imagine having to do that (I also have herniated discs/back pain/sciatica.
Scoliosis fusion w/rods - 1992; herniated disc - 1996; partial removal of rods - 1997; microdiscectomy - 1997; sudden increase in pain - 2008; since 2008 I've tried the following non-pharmaceutical treatments: physical therapy, aquatic therapy, TENS, acupuncture, trigger point injections, selective nerve root blocks; other diagnoses: depression, anxiety, add; current medications: tramadol, lyrica, baclofen, vicodin, welbutrin, ativan, ritalin

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   Posted 8/5/2010 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Heathe r, you should get help, not move boxes in your condition. What were you thinking, super mom or something?
Why don't you ask about the fentenyl patches, they work well for me. Tramadol was ok for a while but I didn't really like it either. Keep getting muscles cramps on it. There are lots of different patch strengths so you can tailor one to suit you. Its like a huge weight lifted off me when I'm on them, pushes that pain into the backgound somehow.

Please pace yourself and remember to ask for help, golitho

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   Posted 8/6/2010 1:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Heather, wow, no wonder you hurt. I am hurting from sitting here reading what you did. Was there no help available for you? I imagine all of that lifting has kicked up the sciatica pain one more time. I sure hope it simmers back down for you, as long as you are lifting forget it, won't happen.

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   Posted 8/6/2010 5:54 AM (GMT -6) wonder you are in pain! Please find some help if you can. I know that is not always the case and I don't want to push you when you don't need any additional stress, but I sure wish you could find something a little less physical so that you could have less pain.

All my best!
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   Posted 8/6/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Heather...please find help. You poor thing! I understand what your going through...seems like the things you want to do, like be a good mother, comes after the work and who has energy after a long day.
Prayers to you and your family!
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   Posted 8/6/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Heather , You are a total star , sacrificing yourself to help kids is a very high endeavour indeed , but please take care of you because we need good people like you looking after our children .But it can only be done if you are well my friend , very good work , on behalf of all those kids and their parents , if you don't hear it from them , thank you very much . Mikel
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   Posted 8/6/2010 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
   Dear Heather,
     Forgive me if my brain is being foggy, I can't remember if we have met before? When I read your post my heart went out to you. I can well imagine you are exhausted to your very core. Though I do understand that it all need to be organized before the beginning of the school year... I wonder if you would be able to recruit any help? Even dolly or a wagon to wheel items from one closet to the next? If you have access to a back brace while you are doing so much heavy lifiting it just might help (minimal). I shudder to think of all the inflammation you must be experiencing. Please, take care of yourself. Hang in there!

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   Posted 8/6/2010 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Wow,
thank you all for your good advice and quick responses. I have been here before, but had been between the fibro and RA sites recently trying to find a new Rhuemy in my area..mine takes none of this seriously and only smirks when I remark on my pain.
I really wish I could have some help. My supervisor won't let any of my staff come back until Monday. I have a whole new delivery made then, so I like to get it organized before I have it all mounted up and everywhere. School for the students starts officially Wednesday, so there is really so little time. My supervisors answer when anyone has told her how difficult this can be is well you can work somewhere else if you cant do it. In all fairness it is the requirements to be able to lift 100 lbs. When I started it was almost 9 years ago, I was able to do it without much problem, my body has not aged well since then.
My kids are 18, 16, 12, 10, and almost 8. They are great, although the teenagers make me age 6 months for every day..haha. My oldest son was going to go in and help me(even though he is not supp. to) but he had college classes, and work soooo.
I am no super mom, but thank you. I really try to be there for the games, practice, music, but there are times I have missed a game. Ex. this last weekend my daughter had an allstar tourney for softball friday,sat,& sun. I went Friday but had done a bunch of running around for school clothes and such and forgot to check the gas gage nono   eyes Ran out on the freeway..2 hours later my hubby was able to leave work and come help. So 10 at nite my kids were still sitting on the freeway. Sat I missed one game, I just couldn't move, and Sunday I made it half way into the first one. I felt bad. My daughter said she understood, but not going because I din't feel good doesn't strike me as a good mom thing to do.
I want to eventually go back to school. To do something with kids still but something less strenuous.I always wanted to be a child's right advocate/attorney.I think that way I will be able to be there longer for my own kids(physically). Thanks again everyone, have a pain free weekend!! Heather
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