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How Fibromyalgia Affects Your Ability To Work

Fibromyalgia is debilitating and extremely painful, leaving many sufferers unable to work. Find out more about how fibromyalgia can affect your ability to work in this blog.


As experts in handling fibromyalgia compensation claims, we are well-versed on the condition and how it negatively impacts the lives of sufferers. Symptoms caused by fibromyalgia are often so bad that even the simplest of everyday tasks become a daily struggle. The syndrome is so debilitating that many patients are left unable to work after being diagnosed and, as a result, now suffer a loss of income. To discover more about fibromyalgia and the impact it can have on working life, read our blog.

First of all, let’s discuss exactly how fibromyalgia can affect your ability to work. As a condition, fibromyalgia syndrome causes severe pain in several areas of the body, as well as sensitivity to touch. Physical activities said to be restricted by fibromyalgia include walking, lifting, bending, pushing, and pulling – many activities that are required for most day-to-day jobs.

As well as pain, fibromyalgia is also known to cause psychological side effects, each of which have a significant impact on a patient’s ability to have sedentary careers that require a great deal of concentration. Fibro fog is something that can manifest in various different ways, depending on the person it’s affecting. It’s known for causing a wide range of symptoms, including difficulty concentrating, finding the right words, holding conversations, feeling alert, and remembering things. Although the cause of fibro fog is unknown, experts believe it could be linked to poor sleep.

In addition to concentration, sedentary jobs also require employees to sit or stand for long periods of time, which can be extremely difficult for fibromyalgia sufferers due to the chronic muscle and joint pain caused. When you’re feeling severe pain and are depressed as a result, sitting at a disk will be frustratingly difficult and may lead to worsened symptoms due to experiencing a lack of movement.

How are you supposed to know whether or not you’re able to continue your working life with fibromyalgia? The answer is simple – you will know within yourself what your capabilities are and how well you’re able to perform at work. By trialling work for a week or two, you’ll be able to gage how you feel and whether or not your symptoms worsen as a result. Leaving employment for good may end up to be the best option for you.

If you’re a self-confessed workaholic, however, letting go of your career won’t be easy. Alternatively, if you simply can’t afford to stop working and are worrying about suffering a loss of income, you will have no choice but to continue with your career*. If you are determined to continue in either full-time or part-time employment however, there are things you can do to make your working life more manageable, such as educating your employer on fibromyalgia, so they understand what you go through on a daily basis and can provide a more lenient management method.

*Fibromyalgia compensation can help those who suffer with fibromyalgia as a result of an accident or injury, easing the strain caused by a loss of income by aiding in the funding of treatments, physiotherapy sessions, and/ or specialist equipment. If you’re unemployed as a result of fibromyalgia, have contracted the condition after obtaining an injury or by experiencing an accident and would like to get in touch with our team to discuss whether or not you have a claim, call us for free on 0808 123 0003 or fill in our online contact form here.

If, for whatever reason, you begin to find your job tedious and repetitive after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it could be time for a career change. Remaining in an employment that you don’t enjoy will only make things worse and could lead to depression or other psychological side effects of fibromyalgia. When searching for a new career, think about what you’d like to do and what could help to ease your symptoms; for example, if you experience some relief by walking and staying relatively active, you may want to consider a job that keeps you on your feet for most of the day.

It’s clear to see from the side effects mentioned above that fibromyalgia definitely has the power to completely ruin lives, particularly for those who work full-time or part-time; not only will these people need to come to terms with their fibromyalgia diagnosis, they’ll also need to consider whether or not they are able to continue working and are at risk of suffering a loss of income. If you have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and are trying to make the decision as to whether or not you should continue working, take note of the points we have mentioned in this blog and make sure to weigh up the pros and cons in order to reach a final decision that’s right for you.

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