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If you live with chronic pain, you know how hard it can be to function at the level necessary to work at your full-time job. But in order to afford things like treatment, medication, therapy and more, many people find it necessary to continue working even though the pain they may feel. So whether you got injured in a car accident or through some other illness or accident, here are three tips that may help make working easier while you’re dealing with chronic pain.
Find Ways To Move More
One of the best things you can do when you’re feeling pain in your body is to get your blood pumping. However, for many people who work at a sedentary job or who need to stay close to a certain area, it can be hard to find ways that you can move more during the day. In situations like this, Tammy Worth, a contributor to Health.com, suggests that you simply try to change positions as often as you can. When possible, take a break and stretch your legs, back, or whatever else is the root cause of your pain. Not only can this help you feel less pain, but it can also help you be more productive when you get back to work from these short physical breaks.
Ask For Help When You Need It
Depending on the type of injury you have or the pain you’re dealing with, there may be aspects of your job that cause you more pain or intensify the pain you’re already feeling. To combat this, Wyatt Myers, a contributor to Everyday Health, advises that you try to take your pride down a few notches and stop being afraid or embarrassed to ask for help when you need it. If you need to carry in more supplies or have to go into an area that could exacerbate your pain, ask a coworker if they wouldn’t mind helping you briefly. This can help make you a more effective worker because you won’t be feeling the intense pain that comes along with completing that particular task.
Try To Work With Your Boss Rather Than Against
Working with chronic pain can be very complicated. While you want to be able to work without an issue, the fact of the matter is that you may need to take time off for doctor’s appointments, therapy, or simply to give your body and mind a break from the additional stresses. To best meet your needs and the needs of your employer, Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio, a contributor to Healthline.com, suggests working closely with your boss to see how you can best use FMLA or other leave options. If you and your boss can get on the same page with your health and your commitment to your job, you’ll find that things will become a lot easier for you in all areas of your life.
If you live with chronic pain, consider using the tips mentioned above to help figure out how to make your work life easier.