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40 Hour Work Week...Is It Doable?

40 Hour Work Week...Is It Doable?

Does anyone on here manage to work full time? I have about 10-15 migraines a month but my energy in between is much better now and I'm hoping to start working. I want to support myself but I'm worried about whether I can handle 40 hours. Let me know your experiences!!

posted June 8, 2017
A MyMigraineTeam Member

I work full time and some overtime with my chronic, daily migraines. But I have the best bosses and they know that IF I call out, then I can not even function to sit up, much less get dressed and head into work. I very rarely called out when I first started my job, over 11 years ago, but in the past two years, I think I have called out about 6 times. I have, unfortunately, learned to work through my 10+ pain rated migraines, and my neurologist has told me my thresh hold for pain is unbelievable, which isn't good, and the only time I call out is when I can't get out of bed. BUT, I do work many days in a dark office, with no noise what so ever. I close my door, get my mind set to complete silence, and carry on with my work. My bosses will always leave me alone, unless they need something that no one else can do, and they always tell me "Kathy, if you don't feel well, go home, we understand", but living with daily chronic migraines, if I went home when my migraines acted up, I would never be at work. BUT I do greatly appreciate knowing that IF I can't make it through the day at work, I am free to go home.

posted June 23, 2017
A MyMigraineTeam Member

I also work full time. I do find myself calling into work sick a few times a month( which makes me feel awful). With the lack of sleep I do find my migraines become more frequent. I work 12 hour days as well as 12 hour nights which makes it very hard to keep my energy level where it needs to be! I suppose you won't know until you try.. but then again who wants to risk it! I know in my experience it is very difficult to get though a month without calling In sick due to migraines. I am glad you are feeling better

posted June 9, 2017
A MyMigraineTeam Member

Hi, I actually work full time and it impossible. I have about the same amount of migraines a month as you do and I'm expecting to actually get let go for calling in sick. I barely make it through a shift but I also work in a hospital and work 10hr shifts. I suggest you get a job that's not very stressful and maybe start out part time and see how you do.
I'm glad to hear you're doing better though. That's a miracle in itself.

posted June 8, 2017
A MyMigraineTeam Member

I am considered full time but I work less than 40 hrs per week as a nurse practitioner. I have been able to arrange my schedule so that I work every other day, except when I work the weekend. I couldn’t work s full 40 hr week 8-5. I know how fortunate I am to have this schedule. I still call off at least once a month and have FMLA because they have been a lot worse in the past.

posted August 11, 2019
A MyMigraineTeam Member

My heart goes out to each and everyone of you. I have worked 40+ a week since I was 16. Last job, lasted 22+ years in spite of using 25 days of sick and vacation days per year. Migraines slowly became more frequent, but when they started making perfumes and fragrances with petroleum byproducts, the migraines became daily. For 4 years I held on working inspite of severe nausea, in a darkened room, wearing sunglasses when I had to go into florescent lights if needed, but I was forced out after being forced to take medical leave for three months. Since I also have Fibromyalgia since my 20s, I already knew I would have to go on disability some day, so I took out long term disability insurance 20 years ago. Long before my migraines were this bad. I got SSDI on first application, so I feel very blessed. Truthfully, I couldn't work anymore, but losing five years of wages will make retirement very hard financially. I have no advice except when you apply for SSDI, give them as much details about your pain as possible. Explain how impossible it is to function. I wrote tiny and in between lines, up the side of the page into the margins. I had to complete four applications to cover everything wrong because of the FMS, but I didn't use a lawyer. I just made it clear how sick I am. I still have to renew my disability every two years. Since I have added syncope and blinding auras to my list of symptoms, I had to report that to them. Document everything! Keep a journal. This actually might help heal you too. Oh, and change your diet to antiflamatory. It helps.

posted February 3, 2019

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