Wellness Warrior Lisa Douthit headed to Washington, D.C. recently to advocate for those living with rare or obscure illnesses. She made a pitch for personal stories to take with her to present to lawmakers. I accepted her challenge and offered my TOS testimony.
Today is National Repetitive Strain Injury Day and I'm sharing the story I gave Lisa here. My twelve-year lifetime with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, as well as a number of other RSIs, has been a roller-coaster of physical, mental, and emotional duress. It's hard to believe I've been living with it for so long, and I understand I will always live with it.
My TOS testimony:
In 2006, my life was permanently disrupted by a number of conditions caused by repetitive strain injuries due to an inappropriate work station at my job: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and chronic pain. I am a nurse and at the time worked for a regional medical center as a case manager, specifically performing clinical documentation review. I was given a laptop on a utility cart that also carried a large and heavy printer. I pushed that cart all over the building, diligently doing my work for a year or so before I started waking up at night with numb hands. This soon led to chronic and relentless shoulder pain, a frozen shoulder, and nerve and vascular problems with my right arm. My neck soon developed chronic pain and decreased mobility. This resulted in total disability and the loss of the best job I ever had.