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Hello!

I am new to Fibromyalgia Forums. My GP is pretty sure I have fibro, and I'm seeing a rheumatologist soon.

My biggest concern right now is knowing more about what living with fibromyalgia is like, and how it effects your career or job? Are you able to work? What kind of jobs do any of you have?
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Hiya.

I work as a medical secretary & do 30 hours a week. I usually manage alright unless Iím having a bad flare but I havenít had one since starting CBD. I still have some pain & fatigue but nowhere near as bad.

What do you do for work?
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Hi Lou,

Thanks for replying! I'm currently working for a retreat centre (sort of like a resort?) doing cleaning, but I'm finding I haven't been able to do it for about the last month or two as my symptoms get worse. I think I need to look for other work and I was just interested in finding out what others do, and what they find manageable!
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Cleaning will be really hard work, I can imagine how you’re struggling with it a bit. My job does involve lifting heavy case notes and prolonged periods of sitting however I try to alternate what I’m doing when I can & try to move about a bit during the day to stop my joints from stiffening up.
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Hi,

I am a full time customer service rep. I’m in constant pain all day but I basically fight through it. I have severe pain I’m my arms, neck, back, and knees and I rotate my heating pad all day. I’m currently seeing GP, rheumatologist, and neurologist. I’ve been on intermittent fmla for a year now and my job is flexible with me knowing my medical conditions. I also have a varidesk but doesn’t help much bc standing kills me more than sitting. I’m trying to do all that I can to prolong switching to part time or stopping work all together since I’m only 46. It helps to have a job that is flexible and understanding. Maybe you should look into something less strenuous. It’s stressful no matter what when you’re trying to manage Pain a balance work and home but having people that understand and support you helps. I wish you the best and hopefully you’ll be able to manage. Good luck!
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