fibro friendly job positions or types

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   Posted 4/4/2012 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
hello! I was at the doc's on Monday and we talked about finding me a job that is more fibro friendly. I work at a job (not comfortable saying what and where) that I have to stand for a majority of the 8 hours for 5 days. I do get to sit a little bit it's not what corporate wants to see. so all I can think is receptionist or call center. anyone know any other job types out there that involves sitting down with a little walking? my fibro mostly affects my lower body. I have been looking but I don't have a college degree. I've only done customer service. please help!
Translation: I have heartburn, IBS(undiagnosed), fibromyalgia, migraine-like headaches, sinus issues, allergies to cigarette smoke, perfume and animals, sensitive to weather-body heat issues and possible RA in hands, wrists and feet.

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   Posted 4/4/2012 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Most logistics office jobs can be quite flexible, with telecommuting, and flexible hours. And the 3PL logistics companies utilize alot of customer service reps.

Also from my experience, a college degree or equivilent experience is what most companies look for these days.


Just a thought.
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   Posted 4/4/2012 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I wanna' know what to do too. Right now I am labeling myself as an artist. I paint and try to sell my art online at and I have a website, but the sales are very few and far between. Shameless plug =>
I check the want ads every few days, but only find things that would put me in a hospital.
I tend to think that working in a library would be nice, mainly because I have noise sensitivity problems.
Well, here are things I have thought of which require no degree ...
receptionist of some sort
library clerk (not a page)
pet sitter
hot tub tester (very hard to find!)

None of these jobs are really high in the pay scale, but they are jobs.
Good luck and if you find/think of something, please post it so!

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   Posted 4/4/2012 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
There was a discussion about this several months back. Maybe around Christmas? Or in the fall?

Good luck with your search.

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   Posted 4/4/2012 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel I would be extremely qualified as a hot tub tester. :)

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   Posted 4/4/2012 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
jmw, I love your idea :) I think I would qualify, too. I have lots of training in sitting lol

@rianna, I cant really offer you any advice, except that you should search for something that will still keep you moving. If you sit constantly, you are going to stiffen up and maybe be worse off than you are now.

I stand 8-10 hours a day on a concrete floor with repetitive motions and heavy lifting. Soooo not the ideal fibro-friendly job, but there are so few jobs in the area that I have to take what is available. I wish you better luck!
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   Posted 4/4/2012 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
In all seriousness I decided to go back to school for information technology. Besides the fact I like computers, its a job where your not on your feet but still have the ability to get up and move around as needed, and depending on what emphasis you choose there is some work you can do from home.

I am also looking for jobs as mattress tester, massage therapist dummy and lady of leisure if you hear of anyone hiring

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   Posted 4/5/2012 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I sell Avon. We're always hiring. Unfortunally, its paid on a percentage of commission. I do it because I only want to work, don't really need the money as I am on Disability. I also volunteer at 2 homeless shelters as a recipionist for one, and food server for the other. The recipionist is the better job, I do it from home, they email me all the staff info and I do all the phone calling, setting new codes, and some emailing.
I don't know where you are, but in Oregon we have a progrom called ISN (Intergrated Services Network). Its a program for adults with disabilities. Anyways, you can pull 200 or higher a month (based on the services the person needs) as a caregiver. For example, I actually use that program and I employ my landlord's wife, who is a CNA to be my caregiver. She helps me keep track of my medical things, helps me with shopping, helps me do taxes, helps me do paperwork cuz I massively am horrid with those stuff, helps me read small print, helps me with Avon, stuff like that. She gets 400 a month from me to do that. ISN gets grants and the disabled customer based on their disabilities gets "X" ammount of dollars a year. Caseworker will help person write out a budget for that grant, including pay for the caregiver. I get bus fare, a private nurse (I have 10 doctors, and I delibertly got her because it would so be me to screw up and over medicate), I get the caregiver, and whatever I need based on my disabilities. I am so thankful for my nurse though, she keeps in contact with all 10 doctors (I have one pcp, rest are speciality doctors like neuro, oncologist, rheumy, endo, more), keeps an updated current med list, current updated allergy list, emergency contacts, advanced directive, will, power of attorney handy and updated for me. I do my own medicine, but she could if needed. Sorry that I got rambling on and on about this. I just really like the program.
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   Posted 4/6/2012 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I work  in a call center. I can stand or sit depending on what i need. i have trouble standing so sitting is great for me. There is repetitive movement involved so it is hard sometimes on my shoulders. Most will make accomadations for what you need.

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   Posted 4/7/2012 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   

How about a substitue teacher's aide? I'm pretty sure you don't need a college degree for that (at least, not in Colorado.)

Yeah, this Fibro stuff really puts a lot of jobs out of reach (ha ha) doesn't it?

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