I am still fighting this migraine, so please be patient with me… It is day 7 – yep you heard right, and it is kicking my butt a little…okay… a LOT!!
It is definitely coming from my neck and jaw, and it looks like I am going to need some aggressive treatment to make it go away…. ahhh…. the joys of this life…. I keep reminding myself how blessed I am, and how far I have come…. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…. groan…. squint… whimper…
I read this article today, Struggling To Work Through Pain, and thought I would pass it along.
This is something that I haven’t yet experienced in my journey with chronic pain. When pain hit me, it hit hard and FAST, and working was not an option for me. I haven’t worked outside of the home for the better part of ten years now, and I don’t know if or when I will be well enough to work again. But I know there are thousands upon thousands that do not have a choice, and have to work – despite of their pain. I can only imagine how difficult that must be. My ‘job’ is being a stay-at-home-mother – which isn’t a cake walk either 😉 , but I have the option of taking a break when I need to, ‘working’ from bed on my really bad days, and nobody is going to fire me if I don’t get the laundry done.
With all of the stress our illnesses cause it can be hard to manage or pain, but working in the wrong environment can cause a substantially higher level of pain and be the difference between emotional health and falling apart at the seams.
Do you work in the right environment for you? Does is cause you to experience more pain? Do you have a boss you feel you can approach and discuss potential modifications that would increase your comfort level AND your productivity?
I know it is difficult talking to people about this topic – I can definitely relate to that part. There is still a lot of stigma and judgment towards people who suffer from “Chronic Pain” – but as the article says, Chronic Pain doesn’t have to be a career killer as well. Maybe it is worth discussing with those you work with?
I’d love to hear your stories and struggles in the workplace. I cannot speak from experience of this subject, but maybe by sharing a bit of your story in the comments section, you can help someone else!!