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What type of workplace changes can help someone with fibromyalgia?

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First, openly discuss your fibromyalgia with your boss and coworkers. Talk about the symptoms of pain, fatigue, and stiffness. Explain how you may have good days and bad days.

Explaining fibromyalgia will give people at work a better idea of what you are feeling each day. Ask your boss if you can take rest periods on bad days. Or ask if you can take work home if you are feeling fatigued. Ask if you can come in on Saturday if you miss a day of work to make up the lost time and income. In addition, ask if you can put a cot in your office for a brief nap at lunchtime. Taking a midday nap helps many people with fibromyalgia and other chronic health conditions function on the job.

From: Fibromyalgia: Work and Disability WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Labor: Accommodation and Compliance Series: "Employees with Fibromyalgia Syndrome." Social Security Administration: "Benefits for People with Disabilities." McIlwain, H, MD, and Bruce, D, PhD. Holt, 2007.


The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

EpicGenetics, Inc.: 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 250, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

Behm, F. , 2012. BMC Clinical Pathology

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 24, 2019

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Labor: Accommodation and Compliance Series: "Employees with Fibromyalgia Syndrome." Social Security Administration: "Benefits for People with Disabilities." McIlwain, H, MD, and Bruce, D, PhD. Holt, 2007.


The Fibromyalgia Handbook,

EpicGenetics, Inc.: 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 250, Santa Monica, CA, 90404.

Behm, F. , 2012. BMC Clinical Pathology

Reviewed by David Zelman on June 24, 2019

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