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Physio student with unplanned Fibro . Help!

Jun 04, 2016 6:50 AM

1/2 thru my physio degree I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I had to take gap year because my fatigue and nerve pain was unmanageable at the time.
I went back to uni part time for third year which has been good until now where we have been doing lots of manual therapy. My hands and elbows have been in so much pain this semester and the numbness in my hands wake me several times a night despite increasing my meds.
I will need to do my prac full time in order to pass which consists of six blocks of six week Pracs going from 8-5.30 each day.
I can hardly cope as it with four hour days three times a week let alone full time.
I'm coming to the conclusions that physio life is no longer the best career option for me.
Has anyone ever been in this situation ?

Jun 05, 2016 6:20 PM

I had to change/choose work career based on foot pain, and not being able to stand or walk. It's still a struggle for me to get to work but that's true with going anywhere for me. I have often wondered what my career would have been like had I not had chronic pain start at a young age, but I am glad I have been able to set up my own accommodations. I think you have to prioritize your own health. Best of luck.

Jun 06, 2016 9:01 PM

94swim94,. I think many of us have altered or lives & careers due to our illnesses. I took a leave of absence in 2010 to have surgery, fully expecting to return to work. In 2014, after one medical problem after another I realized I'll never return to work. My doctor's confirmed this last year. But I'm 54 with 25 years of multiple conditions, mostly Autoimmune since 2012. Keep searching, and seeking help to control the pain and regain your life as much as possible. Hugs & prayers you can keep towards your goal! 🙂💕🙏🌼

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