Having Trouble With New Job

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Kythe
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   Posted 7/19/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I haven't posted here in quite awhile, but I'm suddenly finding myself in need of some feedback. For several months my fibro symptoms were pretty mild due to the fact that I left the house as little as possible and have kept my life very low stress.

Then three weeks ago I started a new job. Right now my job is kind of on a trial basis to see how things work out with my fibro. I'm working 8 hours a week(4 hour shifts on Tuesdays and Thursdays). I knew going in that this would be a major adjustment for me, but I had hoped that I would slowly start to get used to things, but if anything I seem to be deteriorating. When I first started, I'd work and then be exhausted after I got home. Now I'm already exhausted when I first go in and I'm so exhausted by the time that I get home that I'll just break down in tears. It just seems that with every day I go into work that things get a little bit worse. This is new to me, because in the past it was always the pain that was the worst for me with fibro and I didn't have too much fatigue. Now I'm not having too much pain, but the fatigue is overwhelming for me. In addition, I'm also having trouble sleeping now, which is exacerbating the fatigue.

I guess I feel frustrated because it's not like the work I'm doing is that difficult. Basically I just sit at the computer for 4 hours and search around on the internet looking up names and addresses of business contacts and then input the info into an excel spreadsheet. I know at home there have been times when I've spent 4 hours or more on the computer without much of a break and it's never tired me out this much. Though I suppose the driving back and forth to the office is probably contributing to the fatigue plus the fact that I haven't been sleeping well.

I don't want to quit my job, and I really want to give it more time to see if I get used to things, but the reality of the matter is that I have a bad habit of pushing myself too far, and the way things have been going I'm afraid that it's only going to get worse. This company does have some work at home opportunities in assembling small electronic items, which might actually be more fun for me than the computer work, plus the fact that if I was working at home I could work say 2 hours 4 days a week instead of 4 hours 2 days a week. While working at home certainly does appeal to me more than working at the office, a part of me feels like making the switch would be giving up in a way, and I'd be disappointed in myself.

I'd really like to give working in the office a few more weeks to see how things go, but I'm not sure if this is a bad decision or not, so I'd really like to hear some objective opinions on the matter. Thanks in advance for your help.
~Kythe
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Allergies, Asthma, Anxiety, Depression, IBS, PCOS, Fibromyalgia


yankee girl
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   Posted 7/19/2009 8:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Kythe,

Are you taking anything to help you sleep? Without good, consistent sleep, everything is more difficult, things seem insurmountable.... If you aren't on sleep meds now, is it possilbe to get to the doctor asap and discuss this?
Wishing you well...
Yankee girl
fibro, PTSD, anxiety, severe nerve damage/several surgeries on wrist, TMJ--have titanium disks, depression, mitral valve prolapse.
 
 


Kythe
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 7/19/2009 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your response Yankee girl,

No I'm not on any sleep meds. In the past, I found out that I'm super sensitive to anything sedating and even if I take it at night, it will still effect me during the day and I wouldn't be able to drive at all. This is also why I really can't take any pain meds(other than advil) or anything for my anxiety/depression. If I take the meds then I can't drive and I wouldn't be able to go to work anyway or anywhere else that I'd need to go for that matter. Catch 22 situations really suck don't they?

I have tried the natural sleep aids with the melatonin in them, but they never helped that much. I think my body just likes messing with me. I'm tired all day long, but then when it's time to go to bed I'm wide awake. LOL
~Kythe
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getting by
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   Posted 7/19/2009 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kythe,

I am working a job now too. It is at a convenience store/gas station. It can be really overwhelming at times. My husband wants me to quit, but I keep trying.

I take adderall for fatigue, you might want to talk to your doctor about something like that. I am like you, I can handle the pain pretty much. But the fatigue really gets to me.

I hope that you don't have to quit your job. I know that it makes us feel good to be albe to work.

Best wishes to you.

Hugs, Karen
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Kythe
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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 7/19/2009 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestion Karen, but I'd rather not go on prescription meds of any kind. I know that I did mention before that I was sensitive to sedating meds, but I tend not to tolerate medication very well in general and I've kind of developed a phobia to them. Anyway I know you were just trying to help and I do appreciate it.

I'd ask that anyone else responding not make anymore medication suggestions, it's just a very touchy subject for me.

On a lighter note, I'd like to share something really funny that just happened in regard to fibro fog. I was just sitting here at my computer and all of a sudden I noticed how quiet the house was. I looked around the house and saw that no one was around. Then I looked outside and saw that my mother's car was gone. I called my mother on her cell phone and asked her where she and my sisters were. She told me where they were and then told me that she and my sisters had all said goodbye to me as they left the house. I have absolutely no memory of anyone leaving the house or saying goodbye to me. Sometimes this fibro fog makes me feel like I have the onset of Alzheimer's, but still it can be funny at times and I have to laugh at myself. So far I haven't had an incident like this at work and I really hope that it doesn't happen there at all.
~Kythe
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Binki
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   Posted 7/19/2009 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kythe,

I work full time at a desk job. I started taking one 1/2 hr break about 3 to 4 hrs into my shift at work, tuning everything thing out with my headphones in the break room and a 45 min break about 2 to 2 1/2 hrs later, which I read and sometimes nod off for a few minutes. Then about 2 hrs later I get to go home. Luckily, my dh works at the same place and we carpool.

I know you said you can't take any sleep meds, but if I couldn't get the least amount of sleep I get now I wouldn't be able to work as long a shift I do. I think you should really take advantage of total rest the days you are home all day b/4 going in. I find my weekends are 75% "lazy" and the rest is getting laundry and shopping done. I try to push my house chores off to my dh. He usually does them for me. :-)

Hang in there, hun. Keep trying different alternatives to aids in sleeping/rest time and to help control your pain level. I do push myself to 'exercise', riding my stationary bike, four times a week. I found that hard! Because, like you, I am so fatigued and wore out from sitting at a desk all day. I stretch while I'm at my desk when I have a minute or two. I'm assistant to just about everyone at my work. Lots of personalities, ugh.

Keep up the good work your doing.

Hugs,
Lori  
 
Dx Fibro 1/2008, gastritis
 
300mg Gabapentin, 50mg Pristiq, Vitamin D3, Menopausal Support Multi-vitamin, Ultracet and/or Fentanyl patch as needed

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