Post # 1
I get chronic migraines and neck pain. Nothing helps, I’ve gone to doctors and rehabilitation for it, but it always comes back. Last week though I did something really bad to it I guess and I’ve been in horrible pain ever since. Today is the worst. I can’t use my right arm because every movement amplifies the pain (and I’m right handed) and I work at the computer all day. I feel like its such a crap excuse to leave early because of neck pain but I left on the verge of tears yesterday and cried the whole way home it hurt so bad. I couldn’t get a Dr appt until tomorrow, so I don’t know what to do. Any little bit of stress is sending me over the edge, sitting up is making it worse. I don’t know what to do, it’s not like I can call out every day this happens! Does anyone else suffer from chronic pain? What do you do?
Post # 3
That really really sucks!!! Poor you!!! Can you work from home at all? Does your boss know about this pain? I would be honest about what’s going on and maybe ask your doctor for some sort of documentation about your issue since it’s not an issue that’s really visually apparent.
Post # 4
Go home. Lay on a heat pack, then transfer to ice. Seriously. Wait until your appt tomorrow and hopefully get some pain meds. Sorry you feel that way! Go home!
Post # 4
i dont get chronic migraines or neck pain, but i work at a computer all day also, and i’m on the verge of getting carpal tunnel in my right wrist…i’m right handed too….sometimes, the pain is so bad, its a waste to stay and attempt to do work….i would say if you are really in a lot of pain, then hopefully your workplace will understand….
hope you feel better hun! ::hugs::
Post # 5
I leave when I’m in really bad pain…or get an on site treatment. I work at a Naturopathic Clinic, so I’m a bit spoiled. But take today and yesterday as an example! I’m not working due to severe period cramps. I’m talking can barely move, in tears, and dopped up on T3s with codeine so I couldn’t drive even if I wanted too, lol
Have you gone to see an RMT (registered massage therapist), naturopathic Dr? I know for myself it makes a BIG difference. I also have chronic low back pain, even after having surgery. RMT and Naturopathic medicine makes the world of difference for me.
Good luck, and feel better!!
Post # 6
I can’t give you much advice since everyone is different but I can give you tons of support! As someone who is a chronic migraine sufferer, I completely understand where you are coming from. I have migraines, TIA’s, and also have disk degeneration in my neck which leads to pain, numbness, tingling, etc.
Just make sure you let your boss know what’s going on and do the best you can do. Most importantly, take care of yourself!
Post # 7
i’m sorry! that’s the worst!
don’t drive yourself home right now. can someone come pick you up? is there a conference room you can go into and turn off the light? a coworker of mine does that when she’s having a bad migraine, and our boss is totally accepting of it.
Post # 8
They do know, my coordinator thankfully has a girlfriend who suffers from migraines so he is understanding. They actually had me get an ergonomic evaluation and they are the ones who sent me to rehab, but it was for carpal tunnel (I’m just a right mess), the dr there though pointed out that most of my problems come from my neck and shoulder. Unfortunately we work with proprietary software, so I can’t work from home 🙁 I just feel like such a wuss, like they are understanding but I’m sure its a PITA for them to deal with a worker like me.
Post # 9
Why would horrific pain not be a reason to leave work?! Yes, absolutely I would leave. We have unlimited sick time at my job, I would no doubt use it if I had that condition!
Post # 10
I suffer from chronic neck pain which can cause migraines if I let it go really bad.
Yes, I do take off work when it is really bad. The only treatment that has worked for me is massage therapy, with additional strengthening and stretching exercises.
I do the strengthening and stretching exercises consistently to prevent severe acute incidents. The most common problem with desk work is that your anterior muscles become very strong and tight (from constant contraction) which results in the back of your neck muscles to get tight (from being stretched) and very weak. Nerves that run within and next to these muscles can cause the pain down your arms and the headaches.
I use the massage for acute incidents. AKA I wake up and can’t move my neck to one side or I have a chronic headache for a weak and he works wonders on me.
I also have a really expensive pillow to help prevent acute incidents.
I suggest you make an appointment with an RMT but don’t feel bad about taking work off – you can’t be productive when you are in pain anyway!
Post # 11
@kitzy: It’s actually the neck pain thats the worst right now, its bubbling up into my head but thankfully I’m not light sensitive yet. And we actually work in the dark here because everything has to be color correct, I’m so thankful for that!
Thanks so much for the support guys, I dont know if I should try and wait it out for a bit or just go home now.. I always feel so guilty when this happens :
Post # 12
Be honest with your boss and go home.
I suffer from migraines also. Over the past year or so they increasingly became worse. I kept my supervisor in the loop regarding all my doctor appointments and what I was doing to correct the problem. There was a two month stretch where I was leaving work early at least once a week due to a Migraine. I’m now working with a neurologist and am taking a preventative medication. I’ve left work once in the last 2 or 3 months due to a Migraine.
My Migraines also cause neck pain. It seems to be a vicious cycle where the migraine causes a knot in my neck muscles, then the knot causes a headache. I have a prescription for muscle relaxors that seems to help short/end the cycle. Talk to your doctor about medications to treat each of the individual symptoms your Migraine creates. Both my doctor and neuro said that there’s not a lot that will treat the Migraine. The goal is to treat each issue it causes so you can relax and let it leave on its own. I take a pain releaver with a mild sedative, a medication for upset stomach and a muscle relaxer. Occasionally I’ll add meclizine for the dizziness.
I hope you’re able to find some relief soon.
Post # 13
You’re not a wuss, you’re in pain! I get really bad migraines, and I would leave pretty often or have to come in late. Luckily my boss also got migraines and understood. I always felt bad about it, but there’s nothing else you can do.
Post # 14
@arenyth: Have you tried accupuncture? I don’t know if it’ll work but it’s worth a shot if nothing else helps, right?