4 Tips To Manage Chronic Pain At Work
Living with chronic pain is not something that people would ever choose. It’s something that creeps up on you as you develop certain medical conditions or occurs suddenly from an injury or accident. Some people are born with disabilities that cause a lifetime of pain. Nevertheless, you could stay home and focus on pain or you could find ways to work around it. Pain medicine and therapy only do so much to manage or eliminate pain. Here are 4 things that you can try at work:
Ask your boss to change your work conditions or requirements to avoid painful postures or tasks
Some people are afraid to do because they don’t want to be treated differently than other workers or perceived as having a disability. However, a disability is a protected category of workers. However, if you could get a doctor’s note, your employer would be obligated to find ways to work around your limitations if you are otherwise able to perform the job. If your pain is very high with reasonable accommodations, you may need to seek a different type of job that fits your limitations.
Ask your doctor about the option of a transdermal patch for pain
There are pills that you could take for pain, most with side effects, but some patients find better results from the slower release of pain medicine by wearing a patch on their skin. There are different types of therapies, even CBD oil as a newer option depending in where you live, that are not necessarily pain management drugs and are readily available in a patch form.
Schedule times in the workday to be alone and to practice deep breathing
You can refer to this as meditation or just as a calming technique. You need time to eliminate distractions and focus on how your body feels. Just like a mother who is in childbirth, taking deep breaths will calm your body, lower your blood pressure, and help you feel like you can deal with pain management.
Change your posture or supportive gear to reduce pain
Some jobs include frequent or repetitive motions, such as typing, bending, twisting, or lifting, which exacerbate their level of pain. For example, a person with a herniated disc in the lumbar region may find it difficult to sit or stand for long periods of time. So, he or she may ask for different furniture to perform the same job.
Living with chronic pain won’t change. Don’t be afraid to make adjustments to your work life so you can have better days.