Did you know that chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care in North America? When the CDC analyzed 2016 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data, the findings were staggering: an estimated 20.4% (50.0 million) of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8.0% of U.S. adults (19.6 million) had high-impact chronic pain. Source.
It is understandable that the overwhelming majority of those living with chronic pain prefer to remain in the workforce for both economic reasons and personal ones. The physical and mental challenges and social interactions of work may even help to decrease the perception of pain and promote a greater sense of well-being.
If you live with chronic pain, the following tips can help you balance the demands of your job while managing your condition.
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Make your health a priority
Making your health a priority doesn’t mean that you should revolutionize your life all together. Think about your daily habits as well as the quality of food, entertainment and sleep you choose. Is there room for improvement? Incorporate 2-3 small changes every month and you will be astonished by the difference it can make. Eating a balanced, healthy diet can prevent a variety of health conditions that can worsen chronic pain. Regular exercise triggers the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers. Adequate sleep is also essential for the body to recuperate from the activities of the day.
Talk to your employer
Your employer is more likely to work with you if they understand the realities of your condition. Be prepared to offer creative solutions for any necessary accommodations, and be willing to show your employer that you are willing to make up for any limitations in other ways.
If, for example, traveling causes flareups, offer to conduct videoconference meetings instead of in-person meetings. Other ideas:
- If your pain is exacerbated by long hours in the office, ask your employer if you may be able to telecommute a couple of days a week. If you’ve been with the company for a long time, your employer is more likely to allow you to work remotely on days when your work does not require any face-to-face meetings with clients or colleagues. It doesn’t hurt to ask!
- If certain portions of your job description are too physically taxing, it may be a good idea to work with your employer and co-workers to customize your job to avoid those particular tasks. Negotiate! For example, offer to handle your co-worker’s paperwork or administrative tasks while they handle a more physical task for you!
- Ask your employer if you can alter your break schedule so that you can get up and move more often. For example, offer to take three 5-minute breaks instead of one 15-minute break.
Workplace rules are often negotiable as long as the work gets done!
Try to modify your work environment
In most cases, employers are willing and legally required to allow employees to make reasonable adjustments to their work environment to accommodate a physical disability. Ergonomically designed office furniture and equipment, such as adjustable desks, chairs, and keyboards, can relieve stress on muscles and joints that can exacerbate pain.
Work with a Pain Management Doctor in Pompano Beach
At Coastal Pain Medicine, our doctors specialize in developing customized treatment regimens for patients suffering from various types of chronic pain. Some of the treatment services offered at our pain clinic include PRP, Stem Cell Therapy, Epidural Steroid Injection, Radiofrequency (RF) Lesioning, Spinal Cord Stimulator Trial, Botox®, and other therapies. If your pain is making it difficult to work, schedule a consultation with our pain doctors in Pompano Beach now at (954) 543-5100 or read more about pain management in Pompano Beach. We can help anyone who lives with pain.