Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain throughout your body. It’s not just in your joints and muscles, but it can also affect your entire nervous system and make you feel constantly exhausted. This can make it difficult for someone with fibromyalgia to be productive at work because of all the pain they experience every day. But there are ways you can do to manage this condition while still remaining productive at work – be it in the office, your home, or remotely!
Life and Work with Fibromyalgia
Having a disorder that affects and weakens the whole body is not in any way easy, especially when you have to work. It can be hard to live with as it causes symptoms like chronic fatigue, sleep problems, and difficulty concentrating. Fibromyalgia is also closely associated with depression and anxiety disorders, as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It’s important to note that fibromyalgia patients can have other conditions besides fibromyalgia which may or may not make them more vulnerable to working remotely or from home than the average person.
But how exactly does it affect one’s ability to work
There are a few ways that working in a certain location can be easier or more stressful for people with fibromyalgia. The first thing to think about and consider is whether or not your symptoms are primarily physical or mental in nature. If they’re physical, then the stress and strain may be lessened by being able to get up and move around while working rather than sitting at a stationary desk all day long. On the other hand, if your symptoms are primarily mental in nature (like feeling anxious), then this may make them worse when not being able to leave the house as often as needed due to fear of getting sick again. In addition, there are many things we do every day, like driving somewhere else without realizing how much it affects our body’s ability to cope with these tasks.
Work Better in Any Setup despite Fibromyalgia
Whatever your chosen work setup is, there are ways to help you manage and accomplish your responsibilities even if you have fibromyalgia.
#1. Get an ergonomic workstation
An ergonomic workstation is a set of furniture that helps you maintain proper posture and minimize stress on your body, especially your upper cervical region and spine. The most common types include a chair, desk, computer monitor, and keyboard. Ergonomic workstations can help you avoid repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome by reducing the amount of force exerted on muscles when you type or use the mouse.
If you work from home, it’s important to make sure that your desk chair is comfortable and supportive. There are some things you should refrain from and consider when choosing a chair:
- Avoid chairs with arms. Armrests can be helpful in providing additional support for your wrists and hands, but they also tend to get in the way while working on the computer.
- Avoid chairs with wheels on them; if possible, try to find one without any moving parts at all! This will help eliminate any unnecessary stress on your back during long hours at the computer screen (and other related activities).
- Avoid high backs—they’re often too high off of the ground which can cause neck strain over time due to trying not to fall over while sitting down at times throughout each day while working remotely. The height should be proportional to your work desk to avoid having to force your body into awkward positions while working.
Speaking of desks, consider getting a standing desk. That is because standing desks help reduce stress levels by keeping us upright and moving throughout the day (not sitting down). They also encourage us to move more throughout the workday instead of just sitting down after lunch or dinner time.
#2. Take breaks from sitting
One of the easiest ways to combat sitting is by taking breaks. Try taking an hour-long break every hour, even if you only do it once or twice a day. This can help reduce stress levels and fatigue, which will also help improve your overall well-being.
Taking walks outside is another great way to get up and move around while working remotely or from home. Take this walk with your dog or cat! If they like being outside, then they may be able to keep you motivated enough so that when you come back inside after having spent some time outside in fresh air, it won’t seem so bad anymore! Also, try doing some stretches before getting back into work; it’ll make sure that any stiffness has gone away before starting again.
#3. Try upper cervical chiropractic care
Upper cervical chiropractic care can help with a variety of health problems, including fibromyalgia. In fact, chiropractic care has been shown to be effective in treating not only back pain and neck pain but also headaches and migraines.
Chiropractors are trained to adjust your upper cervical region and spine by rotating it back into place, which helps improve your circulation and muscle strength so that you’re able to cope with any sudden changes in posture or position of your body without experiencing discomfort or pain. When combined with other treatments or care plans such as physical therapy or massage therapy, chiropractic treatment can provide lasting improvements in your quality of life!
These simple tips are sure to help you with your condition no matter what your work setup and location may be. Remember, as debilitating fibromyalgia may seem, it’s not impossible! You just have to be extra persistent in finding ways to manage your symptoms and keep yourself healthy as best as possible.
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