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Old 05-05-2010, 02:04 PM   #1
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Coping with work when you feel like crap

I had my review today. Overall it was fine, but a comment was made that I'm not willing to work OT. Geez! I can barely get thru an 8 hour day without passing out. I worked late a month or so ago and felt even worse that week. I didn't say anything about the comment since I don't want to bring up my health. I have to work. Luckily OT doesn't happen that often, but I'm not sure what I'll do next time it does. I'm not any better.

 
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Re: Coping with work when you feel like crap

That stinks. More and more, employers are getting it into their head that a "good employee" should arrive for work early, work through lunch, leave late, work unlimited unpaid overtime and skip their vacations. This is more of an American/Canadian thing than European but British Isles are getting that way too.

It's unhealthy.

It's worse, too, during a recession because many employers are running lean anyway and so are leaning harder on existing employees to put in more time.

You have all my sympathy but I have no idea what to tell you to help you do it- you are being treated for your thyroid condition?

 
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:48 AM   #3
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Re: Coping with work when you feel like crap

I'm being treated but still not feeling well. I've seen 6 docs in the last two years and still feel like crap. My latest doc gave up on me just like the last 5 so I'm on the hunt again for another one.

 
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Re: Coping with work when you feel like crap

Hi tigger,
hang in there. Sounds like it is a medication adjustment and that takes time and much patience. I went through the same thing and finally things evened out. I would follow up with your doctor if your not feeling better soon. You have our support.
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Re: Coping with work when you feel like crap

Tigger-

What do you mean, 6 docs have given up on you? Do you mean they tell you they're not sure what's wrong, or do they actually tell you they won't treat you anymore, or what?

 
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Exactly that. They get to a point where either my TSH is too low for their liking and they refuse to increase my dose even though I'm still feeling bad, or they test for things other than thyroid, nothing else comes up yet my thyroid labs look like I should be feeling fine...which leaves them clueless. I've had 2 docs not return my phone calls after I kept telling them I still felt bad and 4 who hit a wall and just didn't know what else to do so they suggested I see someone else. Those docs at least tried, but not hard enough in my book. If you're a doctor, you don't stop trying until you figure out what's wrong, even if it means opening up your dusty medical books and doing some research.

I wish it was just a matter of adjusting my meds, but I think I've been undertreated for so long that now I have other issues that need addressing.

Yes, unfortunately our country has gotten to a point where all employers care about is getting the work done no matter how. I'm sure if I told my boss how bad I was feeling, she'd feel badly for me, but it wouldn't change the fact that if she needed me to work late and I said I couldn't, it would hurt my job.

 
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Re: Coping with work when you feel like crap

You might be into full adrenal fatigue.

Would you consider seeing a Naturopath? That's the route I'm taking and I feel a lot more comfortable with that because they take a whole-body approach where they seek out the cause and don't just treat symptoms. Plus they are more open to treating in a broader fashion- with supplements as well as thyroid hormone that includes T3 as well as T4.

I was diagnosed by my Naturopath with Hashi's yesterday- we knew I was hypothyroid but needed to determine if it was just sluggish or if I had auto-immune. Now we know, and she immediately has started me on treatment. I'm taking Selenium, D3, Glycine and Thytrophin PMG supplements plus she's got me on a 2 week diet that I have to do to test for food allergies- basically I eliminate all potential allergen foods for two weeks and then re-introduce them 1 at a time two weeks later, as she says that auto-immune diseases can be caused and/or made worse by food allergies. I'm also doing acupuncture (that's for my back pain). I have to do things too- I have to quit drinking coffee and alcohol, and exercise, but when I consider that if I do that I might re-claim my health...it's a no-brainer. I want my health back.

If you're not comfortable going with a Naturopath, that's okay, but I hope you find someone who is knowledgeable about thyroid issues and not prone to giving up. I can't believe doctors think that's ok. If you want to stick with a regular doc, you might consider an internal medicine specialist. They tend to also take a whole body approach, or at least the one I used to go to did.

 
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I would love to see a naturapath, but unfortunatey they don't take insurance and I have no money other than enough in my flex plan for prescriptions and co-pays for this year. I've had several good recommendations for those types of docs around my area, but they charge $150-$200 per appt and run labs that insurance won't cover. I've also asked several if they offer payment plans and they say no, it's cash up front.

 
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Re: Coping with work when you feel like crap

Hi,

Do you work at a big enough place to have an HR department? Also, I couldn't tell if you are in America - under the ADA, your employer must accomodate you if you have a disability. If you are comfortable asking your HR department if they have procedures for people with disabilities, you might try that. Some accomodations could be doing OT with frequent breaks to rest, limiting OT to certain days, maybe not having to do OT at all until you are better, or maybe getting work you can do from home.

I don't know whether there is flexibility with overtime - for me, I have my best hours of the day in the morning so I could maybe work extra hours on a Saturday but would really struggle if I had to stay late during the week.

Good luck!

 
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Re: Coping with work when you feel like crap

Tigger-

My naturopath accepts insurance. You need to find one that operates out of a family clinic or is a MD as well as an ND, I think. In my case my doctor operates out of a normal clinic, so they bill normally. Not everything is covered- like supplements- but the doctor visits are.

 
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