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Aug 20, 2016 10:39 AM

So. I work in which nursing home as an Activities Assistant. Which requires a lot of being on my feet, helping residents transfer between chairs, feeding, etc. (note, I by no means claim to have nearly the workload a CNA or a Nurse does).

I love what I do. But it does agitate my Fibromyalgia and kick start a lot of flares.

I'm trying to find ways to help relieve some of my pain, or at least cope. I know it's a real possibility that my condition might be incompatible with my job, but I figured I would u reach out and see how other caregivers cope.

Aug 21, 2016 2:39 AM

I wish I had some suggestions for you. My fibro started in 2007. I worked in medical records, sitting, standing, squatting, climbing steps & more. It all seemed to aggravate my symptoms, though I wasnt sure at the time what was going on. I quit my job in 2010 for s surgery of a large mass, and needed a years recuperation time. Unfortunately my health continued to decline with more diagnoses every year, including the official fibromyalgia dx. I'm unable to work anymore, and doing basic activities of daily life is difficult. I have had to learn to pace all activities with rest periods in between. And I do gentle stretches to loosen up tightness throughout the day. I also use voltaren gel ointment for cramps and pain in my spine & calves. And I wear support stockings, knee highs due to vascular issues in my legs and pelvis that cause edema. Hugs love & prayers you can find ways to better cope, or find a more suitable and less physically straining job! 🙂💕🙏

Aug 23, 2016 8:39 AM

Thank you for the reply!

I'm really hoping I don't need to give up my job. But, if it ends up being that the fibro causes too many problems with it, I know it might be best to look for another career choice.

Aug 23, 2016 8:20 PM

You have to do what's best for you. Could you possibly do something from home?

Aug 23, 2016 10:53 PM

I can relate, I work at a mental hospital as a tech and there's a lot of patient care involved. My coworkers are really good at helping me with the more physically draining aspects of my job. How are the people you work with? Mostly I just try to conserve my energy on days that I work. It's so hard when you love the work but your health gets in the way. Not a lot of advice, but tons of empathy and support!

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