I have a question for everyone.
How do/did you manage the need for pain medication at work? I am in a position where accuracy and detail are extremely import and pain meds make me a little (or a lot at times) clumsy with what I do. My pain levels are very rarely low enough to not take them at work so I am forced to deal with the fuzzed out feeling the meds sometimes give me along with the upset stomach.
What are your experiences and how did you manage the side effects?
Thanks in advance,
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Oh wow, that's a real tough predicament. I've been in that same situation not only with work, but I also went to state approved training to learn new skills. At the school, it just never occured to me just how awful and painful some chairs can be. I had such awful pain in my sacral area from the old, terrible chairs. They had no adjustments available at all and the seats were awful. I brought in all sorts of cushions, which helped a bit...but I had to talk to my PM to see what I could do. He ended up prescribing several meds and upping another to try to lessen my pain during the day. However, most of them affect one's thinking, etc...so I went back, we discussed it, and decided to give me higher doses in the evening and lower doses in the morning. This seemed to work out better. And eventually after some time, my body got used to the meds and I wasn't feeling dizzy or out of it really, so it didn't affect my work too much. However, even though I was (and still am) on all these meds, I still did great in school, so that was a plus.
But i know how difficult it is. I've taken many painkillers while at my last job, which really did a number on me...but I always tried to be as careful as possible. Though I did still make errors and always worried that it would be brought to my attention. However, my co-workers and bosses were so wonderful and totally understood my situation, so that helped a lot.
I don't know what meds you are taking, but maybe you can think about what I did....lower doses in the AM and higher ones at night. And this way, the meds are still always in your system.
Post Edited (skeye) : 1/5/2009 9:50:22 PM (GMT-7)