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Have to go back to work.

Apr 30, 2016 12:11 AM

8 Months ago when I finally crashed from the wait of all the pain and stress I never dreamed my life want going to get better.
I spent the first week drugged up and sleeping and the following month at many of my doctors looking for answers.
The family doctor for returning continues muscle, joint and bone pain.
My eye doctor for daily changes to my eye sight and more frequent migraines.
My OBGYN for continued fatigue, moodiness and concentration trouble.
The list goes on and on but by the end of that month it was clear they had no interest in doing anything more than sending me on my way with diet and exercise advice. Treating me as if all that was going on was in my mind and if I was skinny and fit it would all a some how magically be ok.
I found in that month ONE advicate who pushed me to keep looking for the right doctors. She is my therapist.
With her help I have found several of the right doctors that I believe are listening and trying to help me.
BUT with all that ( and don't get me wrong the right help is huge ) I still don't feel I am even close to that balance I need to find to live a quality life. Unfortunately my family and the insurance company do not agree.
I have decided not to continue this battle for quality of life and I am going back to work. I will continue to try and find the right balance of sleep, movement, medication and therapy that gets me through each day without crashing, but I fear this will be at a loss to any life out side work.
I am looking forward to feeling like a contributing family memeber and seeing some coworkers. I just hope I am wrong about what this is going to do to my health.

Apr 30, 2016 1:03 PM

MissMisery, I pray that you are right that you don't suffer for going back to work. Perhaps you'll find out that working May be a good distraction and that you may not be too worn out when you get home. Just don't push yourself too hard. Make sure that you chat with your boss(es) when you go back and let them know there could be days when you need to leave early or may have to call in sick because of your issues. I wish you all the luck in the works and sending you gentle {{{Hugs}}} and prayers that you find that balance you're looking for. Have a blessed day.💕🙏🏻🌻😊

Apr 30, 2016 6:53 PM

MissMissery, I hope you will take it easy on pacing yourself, getting back into the work routine. Give yourself breaks when needed, even if you have to go sit in the bathroom to get it. Lol. And when you get home allow yourself some down time. I wish you all the best! Hugs & prayers! 🙂💕🙏🌼

Apr 30, 2016 10:14 PM

Thank you both for your well wishes a and advice.
I am hoping to get some restrictions listed in my release too go back to work from my doctor.
I work in cubicle hell so I am not sure exactly what is far to ask for.
The lights give me migraines. I think they make so short of cubicle umbrella I can request. Sound is a big issue for me also, it is like being in a warehouse with noise from everywhere, at least to me.
Pain wise that I guess is on me to get up and move around some but that is so hard to do with the type of work I do.
Any ideas for things with an office job that can help?

Apr 30, 2016 11:40 PM

I set timers to get up and walk around. Getting some movement in and delaying work at that time will lead to higher productivity in the long run because hopefully you wont stiffen up and hurt so much.
Ive done sunglasses inside. I also now have the lights by my desk on a seperate switch so i can control them.
If you are not answering phones and they dont hurt you i suggest ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones. Sometimes i get the phone at work but mine only rings sometimes and its cordless so i set it to vibrate and put it where i can see the display light up and put my headphones on until it rings.
Make sure you get an ergonomic assessment and the right chair, and possibly a foot stool.
I have found when requesting things for work my managers are super lazy and they require me to submit a formal request with what i want, why it is necessary and what will happen if i dont get it, where to get it, the cost of getting it. And then they will only get it if its in the budget. Been 2 years and im still waiting on air purifiers

May 01, 2016 7:30 AM

MissMissery I find the work balance a struggle too so here is what I try. I do all my hard thinking/concentration type work in the mornings, and schedule less challenging tasks for the rest of the day. I have an activity bracelet that vibrates and reminds me to get up and walk for a few minutes. I had my work station checked by any OT and my Physio gave me stretches to do throughout the day. I let my team members know (trustworthy ones) when I'm doing it tough and how they can help me.

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