One of the more common tips heard about coping with fibromyalgia is that patients should reduce work hours in order to cope with the disease. But what if this is not an option for you?
Let’s face it: though it’s getting better, the economy is not the greatest. And even in a good economy, no one wants to lose a job. But if you ask for a reduction in hours, that may very well happen. Then what happens to all the hard work you’ve done over the years for a career you love? Even if you don’t love your job, losing it leads to other problems. How will you not only survive, but help pay for medical costs related to fibromyalgia?
Many jobs come with the ability to work at home. This is a great option that fibromyalgia patients should inquire about. Working at home means you have access to items that make you more comfortable—-certain chairs, less noise, a better temperature.
If working at home is not an option, ask your boss if you can make your work environment more comfortable with an upgrade in seating and frequent breaks to stretch.
Working to improve your fibromyalgia doesn’t mean you need to be out of work.
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