Balancing Work And Fibromyalgia
If you are one of the 4 million Americans suffering from Fibromyalgia you are well aware of how difficult it can be to work a steady job. Some days are definitely more difficult than others. One day you are capable of running your routine and then others you can’t even get out of bed. The widespread pain that comes with fibromyalgia can have you spending many hours trying to cope with the pain. So, as you might imagine, this does not usually go over well with most employers expecting a full time 40 hour work week from you.
Alternative Job Options
In today’s economy with people losing jobs, cars, homes and some are even struggling to keep food on the table most cannot afford to just stop working. A career change however may just be the answer. If you are a professional you may want to consider an online teaching position in your field of profession. The online schooling industry is booming right now and credible degree programs are always looking for capable staff. There is also the option of online auction sites such as EBay that offer tons of sales avenues for the at home worker. Blogging, article writing, and virtual assistants are also great opportunities for people with FMS. Those with FMS are still able to find work but must be creative and think outside the box. Finding “Work at Home” positions would be ideal as they would offer the flexibility one with FMS would need to cope with the high and lows of the disorder.
Pain Management At Work
If you are not able to change your job at this time there are still many helpful options available to help you cope with the pain of FMS. While at work you will want to remain alert and fight the “fibrofog” so taking prescription pain killers is probably not best while on the job. The good news is there are natural alternatives that can help with both pain management and alertness. The most commonly used natural pain fighters include:
These herbs can all be found in herbal tea form so instead of grabbing that third cup of coffee you may want to switch to tea while at work. This will help keep symptoms at bay.
The following herbal supplements will also help fight pain and fibrofog. They can be found in capsule form at your local health food or natural supplement store. You can take these safely while at work with no side effects.
These supplements include:
- Grape seed extract is an all natural anti-inflammatory
- Siberian Ginseng or eleuthero- helps you boost energy and fight fatigue
- SAMe helps boost your spirits helping you feel more vibrant
Pack Your Lunch
Be diligent about packing your lunch. Don’t just grab something on the fly during your lunch break. If you suffer from FMS you will surely be sorry if you are eating the wrong foods. Much like the herbal supplements there are lots of foods out there with healing properties that are just as effective if not more so. Packing your lunch and snacks is of great importance if you want to keep pain levels to a minimum.
Here is a check list of what to include in your lunch box.
- Include a protein like turkey, tuna fish, or lean red meat for your main dish.
- High fiber to fight carb-crash. Whole grain unprocessed breads are excellent sources of fiber. Fiber helps slow absorption of sugar into the bloodstream and keeps you from feeling that sugar crash that typically comes with white breads.
- Fruits like kiwi, pineapple, or plums will make for a great pain fighting snack. Pineapple has bromelain, which is widely used to fight inflammation and also helps fight seasonal allergies.
- Have a side salad with spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce topped with almonds.
Keep in mind these are great foods to have all of the time but especially while at work to keep you from having flare-ups. Always drink herbal teas as mentioned above and make sure to drink plenty of water. Fibromyalgia sufferers should definitely avoid certain foods as well. Caffeinated drinks. Avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar or fat. Having these foods as part of your daily diet will only worsen your condition. Your body will feel and work at its best when you are feeding it what it needs. Making these healthier choices will help you stay alert and will reduce your FMS pain so you can survive the workplace.