Congratulations on getting back to work! It really will help once you can keep your mind busy and your body will loosen up with the extra activity.
My days off REALLY are worse than my work days!!!!
Keep us informed on how you are doing. GOOD LUCK! I am proud of you!
I have been off work since spring and went back this last Wednesday just to have lunch and talk with my boss re: very parttime hours and I was a nervous wreck!!! I was excited and nervous at the same time. Then yesterday I was in SO much pain and was not having a good day. I thought wow, just being "nervous" caused all this?? I think it did.
I have had to keep telling myself that all I can do is try. And if it does not work out, I will have to find something closer to home and something different or maybe I will not be able to work at all. I relate to what you are going through, my mind gets racing with the thoughts- "Am I going to go backwards with how far I have come?", am I going to have more pain, is my mind going to work to do the things I need to do there and the list goes on and on.
Marlee- thanks for the reminder to just do the best we can. I second that vote for Jokat to be Mr. Sunshine!
I understand that learning how to work with Fibromyalgia can be scary and confusing at first. It's difficult to navigate through all of the unknowns and to know how you will handle each hurdle that comes up. When they first come up, it can be very discouraging.
But, let me assure you that work and Fibromyalgia can go hand in hand. In fact, work can be terrific therapy, because it keeps your mind occupied and your body moving (at least somewhat, depending on your job).
You will get sore at work. As we all know, chronic pain, fatigue and fibrofog do not discriminate and do not care what you have planned for the day. But, when these bombard you, try your best to approach these obstacales with "what can I do to manage this?" rather than, "I give up!"
What I have found that helps:
1) Above all else, a positive "I can do it!" attitude. As Henry Ford said, "If you think you can or if you think you can't, you will always right."
2) Keeping my ankles and arms warm. You may have more difficulty with different body parts, but pay special attention to your most troublesome and do what you can to provide comfort to these areas. I find that if these parts of my body get at all chilled, I am miserable. I wear warm socks and long sleeve, knit tops.
3) Tea bags & Soup: When I feel flu-achy (which is often), a nice cup of hot Vanilla Chai tea or some Chicken noodle soup is really comforting.
4) Willingness to shift gears at a moments notice. When Fibrofog hits, I stop any tasks I am doing which require a clear mind. I switch and work on more menial tasks (you know, those annoying tasks that pile up on your desk because they are lower priority). This helps me feel as if I'm accomplishing something, in spite of uncontrollable fog, and I do not screw up on more important assignments.
5) Self awareness. I found that, although I am chronically tired, mornings are better for me than the evenings. So, I switched my hours so that I come in an hour earlier and leave an hour earlier. This gets my night-time tasks done earlier so that I can get to bed at a reasonable hour. I have also found that if I get up and walk around frequently during the day, I am a little less "creaky".
I truly hope all goes well for you. Do your best to take care of yourself.
"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live." Robert F. Kennedy