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LMills
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   Posted 4/9/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't really posted any sort of rant or vent or update in a while so...the deal is!!:
I got hired by a retail store in the mall called Coco&Lily where I stand on my feet all day, put clothes, away, help customers (yes, some people are grumpy), and clean up e.g. vacuuming, wiping glass displays, and so on. My stomach doesn't really bother me until I get home, but my feet and back are KILLING me. I have been on pred for almost a year and have never gotten a bone density test to see if there are signs of osteoporosis or osteopenia specifically.

I don't know. I just know that I need this job, but I don't want to make a mistake where I make myself worse. Things have started getting a lot better as far as Crohn's goes because I have been pretty careful for the most part as far as diet is concerned, have really seen improvement on Align probiotics, and am still at 10 mg of prednisone.

Just wanting opinions...and advice from anyone who has ever worked retail. I know that I can at least try to keep this job until I find one that doesn't cause more medical problems (if this one does I mean), but I just don't want it to be too late. I work at 11:00 tomorrow until some unknown time and then am schedule from 12:00 to 7:00 on Saturday for the weekend rush.

And just a side edit/note: The girl who is training me is super sweet, but she said the boss is watching the store ALL THE TIME and doesn't want anyone sitting behind the counter or just sitting there so we have to be on our feet doing something the entire time we are there.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


pb4
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   Posted 4/9/2009 8:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you need a couple of pairs of really comfy shoes...and maybe start seeing a message therapist. Taking hot baths everynight when you get home with epsom salts could help tons as well.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


SydneyJo
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   Posted 4/9/2009 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I work 5 - 8 hour shifts on my feet (never get to sit until meal break or the drive home). You will get used to it, just give it time - oh and comfy shoes are a must :)
Jo

LMills
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   Posted 4/9/2009 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree I do need to find some more comfortable shoes...I have just been wearing my mary janes. Unfortunately, you have to be 'fashionable' also...
I'm thinking about trying those heating pads you put on under your clothes for my back at least. I'm not sure.
I just hope I am not making a mistake since I'm still recovering from everything. Granted it is a LOT better, but I just don't want to slip back for a West Town Mall job--notorious for overworking, underpaying, and treating employees pretty terribly. Several groups have tried to get articles out in major news sources and other areas to try and fix some of the problems pertaining to those particular aspects of mall employment, but perhaps it's like this everywhere? It's just that Tennessee doesn't have a minimum wage law either...

Ahhh I don't know what I'm getting toward at the moment. I am just extremely tired and actually feel a little bit ill..I just don't want to be back where I was last summer healthwise..
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


cutie
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 80
   Posted 4/10/2009 4:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on my feet for four hours straight, I know that's not a whole lot but it is to me, anyway the comfy shoes are very important and drinking a couple bottles of water helps me too.
age 41,diagnosed with CD in 11/07, Rx Pentasa 4000mg and Remicade.


MAG102886
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   Posted 4/10/2009 6:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I noticed when I went back to work for the first time in months my body was KILLING me, my knees, legs, and back hurt so awfully bad that I would be in tears and would have to leave early.  The problem was Humira, I stopped taking it and the joint pains went away.  Also, try taking 2 tylenol arthritis before you go to work, it really seems to help me.  If they want you to be "fashionable" go get yourself a pair of those weird little Ugg boots (god I hate those, lol) , also the Walmart where I live has a huge section of Dr Scholls shoes, there are tons of different kinds, if your wearing long pants then these shouldnt be a problem looking weird. I know how you feel.  I went from working 48 hours a week down to 25-30 because my body just couldnt handle it anymore.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Imuran 50mg, Vitamin B12 (injection), D, and C tablets. Fish Oil Tablets, Cats Claw, Slippery Elm, and Reishi.
 

orngie
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   Posted 4/10/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Since you have to wear fashionable shoes you should definitely invest in some good arch support inserts for them. Maybe take some tylenol before your shift starts. I think if you take a few precautions you will adjust to the time on your feet. If 4 hour shifts are an option as you adjust that might be helpful.

LMills
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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/10/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys. I will be looking into those suggestions definitely. And fortunately, my shifts next are all four hours each. I just know I am not physically used to this! But I know it gets better so...I'll just have to ride it out. As long as Crohn's doesn't start its old habits...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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