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Making Changes at Work
Most people with fibromyalgia continue to work, but they may have to make big changes to do so. For example, some people need to:
  • Cut down the number of hours they work
  • Switch to a less demanding job
  • Adapt a current job to their abilities.
If you face obstacles at work, such as an uncomfortable desk chair that leaves your back aching or difficulty lifting heavy boxes or files, your employer may make adaptations that will enable you to keep your job. An occupational therapist can help you design a more comfortable workstation or find more efficient and less painful ways to lift.
If you are unable to work at all due to a medical condition, you may qualify for disability benefits through your employer or the federal government. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) are the largest federal programs providing financial assistance to people with disabilities. Though the medical requirements for eligibility are the same under the two programs, the ways in which they are funded are different. SSDI is paid by Social Security taxes, and those who qualify for assistance receive benefits based on how much an employee has paid into the system. In contrast, SSI is funded by general tax revenues, and those who qualify receive payments based on financial need. For information about the SSDI and SSI programs, contact the Social Security Administration.
Eating Well
Although some people report feeling better when they eat, or avoid eating, certain foods, no specific diet has been proven to provide full relief of fibromyalgia. Of course, it is important to follow a healthy, balanced diet. Not only will proper nutrition give you more energy and make you feel better in general, it can also help you avoid other health problems down the road.
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