Our last blog post discussed a few things that you might want to discuss with your employer regarding your lower back pain. Today we will be sharing a few more ideas that might help your boss be on the same page with you about your pain.
As we have mentioned in previous posts, pain is a condition that is unique from person to person, and it is a silent symptom. Many people are simply not sure of what to expect or how to react to chronic pain.
Your boss may make the mistake of thinking that your pain has subsided if you have a good day. To avoid awkward situations like this consider having a meaningful discussion with them about your unique experience.
During this discussion, here are a few things to mention:
That there is not magic cure that will make your chronic pain go away: Unfortunately, if you have already tried a myriad of treatments, your pain will likely not go away any time soon. Those around you who do not understand exactly what you are going through may believe that there is still something that can be done, or conclude that you are better if you are not complaining or exhibiting discomfort. Try to remember that most people have good intentions and simply care about you.
It is possible that you will be more productive working from home: Not all places of employment will make it an option to work from home, but some will. The commute alone can worsen your chronic pain, and at home you likely have an environment that is supportive towards your pain. If your boss will allow you work from home a few days a week, you might actually experience less pain.
Not all employers are willing to make accommodations for their employees, but many are. If you find yourself in a situation where you can be open and honest with your boss about your pain, remind them that your pain will not have an impact on your performance.
Seeking out an experienced chiropractor in Vancouver WA can make a big difference on the pain your are going through! The right treatment plan, coupled with lifestyle changes, can lead to an improvement in your pain.
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