Posted 4/25/2013 8:46 AM (GMT -6)
As many of you know, I had been trying to convince my employer to allow me to reduce my 8hr work day down to 6-6 1/2 hrs. per day. Well, he finally gave in.....after I gave him a little more information concerning 'why' I was requesting that....for health reasons! I included this synopsis....and now he seems to understand "me". .com/"> Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue
Pain, Flu-Like Symptoms Many people
with fibromyalgia (FMS)
continue to work full or part time. But the chronic pain and fatigue associated
with fibromyalgia often make working very difficult. If you are employed, it's
important to learn about managing fibromyalgia
symptoms and coping with pain and
fatigue. By self-managing fibromyalgia
pain and controlling daily stress , most people with
fibromyalgia can do almost anything they choose.
First, openly discuss your
fibromyalgia with your boss and coworkers. Talk about the symptoms of pain,
fatigue, and stiffness. Explain how you may have good days and bad days.
Explaining fibromyalgia will give
people at work a better idea of what you are feeling each day. Can you take
work home if you are feeling fatigued. Taking a midday nap helps many people
with fibromyalgia and other chronic health conditions function on the job.
Having FMS means everything has
changed, and a lot of these changes are invisible. Unlike having cancer or
being hurt in an accident, most people do not understand even a little about
FMS and its effects.
Please understand the difference
between 'happy' and 'healthy.' One
patient described it, “When you've got the flu, you probably feel miserable
with it. But I've been sick for years. I can't be miserable all the time, in
fact, I work hard at not being miserable. So if you're talking to me and I
sound happy, it means I'm happy. That's all. It doesn't mean that I'm not in a
lot of pain or extremely tired or that I'm getting better or any of those
things. Please don't say, 'Oh, you're sounding better!' I am not sounding
better. I am sounding happy. With a lot
of diseases you're either paralyzed or you can move. With this one, it gets
wrestles with feelings of fatigue at one time or another...the morning after
too little sleep or a late night out on the town. But for people with
fibromyalgia, fatigue can be overwhelming, all-consuming, and frustratingly
inexplicable. For some people, fatigue can be even a bigger problem than the
pain. In people with fibromyalgia, fatigue seems to be an entity all its own.
experienced by fibromyalgia sufferers is unlike ordinary fatigue, the kind you
get from pulling an all-nighter or from dealing with a stressful spell at work.
It is much more than just feeling tired from not getting enough sleep or from
overexerting yourself. The kind of fatigue that people with FMS have is
debilitating and comes out of malfunctions in your body's energy-producing
In some people, the
fatigue can be life altering, forcing job changes and the end of beloved
hobbies and activities. Unfortunately, even a good night's sleep does little to
erase the agony. Typical
lifestyle changes can include lowering stress, .com/od/copingwithfmscfs/a/pacing101.htm"> pacing yourself, .com/od/copingwithfmscfs/a/sleepbarriers.htm"> improving
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Some people find it helps to work fewer hours, or quit working outside the
home; however, many people with CFS are able to continue working.
In some cases, having
fibromyalgia might simply mean doing your job a little differently than you
used to. Simply tweaking the way you work can sometimes make all the
difference. Here are some tips:
Pace your workload .
Conserve energy . Reserve the harder
or heavier jobs for the times of day when you feel most energetic.
Take regular breaks , even when you feel
okay. Gentle stretching, relaxation exercises, and short rests can help
Resist the urge to compare yourself
with colleagues .
Remember, they do not have fibromyalgia.
necessary, consider working part-time or from home .
Be honest with yourself about your
ability to do your job . Remember, your health must be a