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How can you keep a job down when you're in constant pain?

Aug 22, 2018 10:57 AM

As a graduate and having all this widespread pain hit me one morning when I woke up its took its toll on me especially the fatigue and sharp pains in my back, pelvis and tingly numb legs. Some days I can't even bare to move so how can I have a career? I'm having to have around one day a week off at the minute, where my body shuts down and I sleep all day as I struggle to get out of bed. Work are talking about dismissing me and I have bills to pay what can I do.

Aug 23, 2018 11:02 AM

If you’ve been at your job for more than a year look into FMLA.

Aug 24, 2018 7:19 PM

I feel ya, welcome to the club
I’m in second app for ssdi. Worked my whole life but since 2014-I can’t do 20 hrs

Aug 29, 2018 8:55 PM

I hear you. Just had to file for disability today. It's so frustrating

Sep 06, 2018 9:44 AM

I am having a similar problem, I have Multilevel DDD, with Severe neck pain from Neural Foraminal Stenosis , 3/4 of the time I can’t sit up so sitting at my desk daily is a challenge, I went from working 10 hr days to 10 hr weeks sometimes.....only thing is my company volume has decreased too, and the only thing my healthcare providers can help with is pain relief that’s going to be quite expensive . I want to seek other employment but I would still have pain issues that would not allow me to work as needed . So I’m stuck, so know your struggle.....Constant Pain messes with your ability to strive and survive

Sep 06, 2018 2:39 PM

It's hard, I got the promotion I had been working so hard for then chronic pain hit me. And I started life with fibromyalgia. I've dropped my work hours from 40 to 20 hours, work have been fantastic since my diagnosis adapting my chair and work desk. When I get home I have a hot bath with Epsom salts in to relax my muscles. When the kids are in bed I get my chair comfy (3 big pillows and a V pillow 😂) light my candles and relax. I make sure I stay on top of my medication. My husband has since started working nights so he can be here during the day. I don't know if you're married or have a partner or live with relatives/friends but do not be afraid to ask for help. I found being honest at work and having an open discussion about stuff made work colleagues a kinda support network. I hope some of that babble helped!

Take care,

Love and positivity 🌈

Hayley x

Sep 09, 2018 4:03 PM

Thank you all for the replies and advice I really appreciate it.

My doctor now thinks I've got polymyalgia and have been put my on steridos but as a 23 year old I'm finding it hard to believe. They said if steriods didn't help I'm being sent to a specialist but in all fairness they haven't at all. I'm hoping to move to a flexi time arrangement which will be useful and I've got my back support cushions at work so hopefully I can at least work round it to some degree.

Sep 13, 2018 12:58 PM

I dreamed of going back to work after my 2010 surgery changed my life & health. For a full year I would squat down or sit on the floor while filling papers into medical charts. But getting up and moving about became more difficult as the tumor grew (I knew nothing about it for 2 years before surgery). It took all my energy to get through each day. My last day of work I collapsed from pain, and a month later was surviving off one 6 oz yogurt cup a day.
I never returned to work but took FMLA for 9 months before I quit, after my doctor told me I couldn't work at that job for 2 years (due to the lifting). I didn't put in for disability until 2013, when I continued to deteriorate, and accepted I'd never be able to work again. My disability was finally approved last year, but it's peanuts to what I use to earn. I'd work party time if I could, but I've had all my life changing illnesses jump on board since 2010, and it just keeps coming. Do what you can while you can. And if you have an understanding boss, maybe you can rotate your work schedule to work longer hours on your good days. We are all different so try different suggestions. Hugs love and prayers things work out for the best for you! 🙂❤🙏🌼

Sep 17, 2018 1:31 PM

It’s difficult to keep a job but you have to adjust things to balance your health and work and I think it looks like sciatica or may be completely different thing as I don’t know any background of what, when and how. I hope you recover soon with rest, meds and physio in 6-12 weeks. If nothing works better insist for MRI LS spine to look for herniated disc. I pray it should not be anything like that because I know the agony. Keep sharing things

Sep 17, 2018 6:14 PM

I'm scared of this I've worked for 8 years finally got into university and during first year exams is when my body crashed barely made it through now taking a year out to try and get my health and body in order. But honestly I'm scared of this too I've been in so much pain moving to the loo has been excruciating. I do hope you manage to find a way that works for you both your health and financially

Sep 22, 2018 2:47 PM

U r right dear .. this happens to us all ...
At my current job i explained my condition to my boss when problems started to arise .. he thought i was missing work days to go out at night n travel n so .. i sat down with him n told him everything.. he seemed to support me but he didnt actually .. afterwards when i wud get tired or miss a day he would talk to me n tell me u have to try n nobody does that n u cant wake up n not come .. this is so unusual n bla bla ..

U just have to take care of urself as much as u can .. try to get massages , relax or meditate , there is a really nice app i ve been using called " simple habit " try to gently stretch .. eat as much nutrients as u can... don't overexeet yourself on the good days.. .. thats all any of us can do . n may God comfort n help u dear

Sep 22, 2018 2:52 PM

What is FMLA patientzero ?

Sep 23, 2018 7:49 AM

Family Leave Medical Act, a law in the USA that allows an employee to take off up to 12 weeks (sometimes paid), for their own or a family member's medical needs. Their job is secured for the 12 weeks.

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