Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The Disability Paradox, and How a Fibromyalgia Specialist Can Help Patients Preserve Gainful Employment

Great article for clarifying how Fibro disrupts in often unpredictable ways..

The Disability Paradox, and How a Fibromyalgia Specialist Can Help Patients Preserve Gainful Employment: "I usually state that Fibromyalgia is a condition that may unpredictably flare up from time to time, resulting in impairment of work ability, and may require a time off work on a temporary basis. I describe the health services needed, such as medications, therapies, or injections, and explain the justifications for a leave from work....

Examples of work restrictions specific to a patient with FM include:

Not working more than eight hours a day five days a week. Specifically, no overtime or weekends.

Working part-time hours, working day hours only, or working flexible hours.

Avoiding temperature changes (no exposure to cold or damp weather).

No direct air-conditioning drafts.

No repetitive reaching or overhead use of the arms.

No repetitive bending or leaning forward.

No sitting, standing, or walking for a long period to time without altering positions."

i seem to be having a minor flare up at the moment, feel fluey and hot, achy , v tired with mush for brains... I am half hoping that it is because a period is on its way...sore boobs would suggest that...rather than my new work under permitted hours ruling. The latter would be a reall knock back...

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