How to deal with job stress related to health issues

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AQ
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How to deal with job stress related to health issues

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My job requires some travels but I have a medical condition causing my knee so painful that I can be disabled for a few days (a similar condition is gout). I never figured what triggered the active flare-up and once it strikes, no known treatment yet can control the pain. Fortunately the flare-up never occurred in the middle of any trips yet.

Since the flare-up is unpredictable, whenever there is upcoming trips, my stress levels become very high worrying the flare-up strike when I'm on road, or worst yet, need to meet a client, etc... Not seeking medical advice here since it's not allowed; but how would you deal with this type of stress?
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Re: How to deal with job stress related to health issues

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If the stress of a business trip is a possible trigger perhaps you need to eliminate business trips. For certain kinds of products and sales methods the elimination of business trips may not be realistic. So it might be time to look in applying your product/sales skills into opportunities with other employers that don't involve as much business travel.

You may need to speak to your doctor about stress reduction techniques which might include diet and exercise. If business travel is infrequent it could be seen as a "treat" rather than a "toil".
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I have experience in dealing with this issue and I will share you the approach I used. My medical issue
was progressive and therefore got worse every year.
1. Do everything in my power to positively impact my condition
2. Be honest with myself-as things got worse, there were activities that I clearly could not or should not do
3. Be honest with my employer- work proactively and collaboratively with my boss to find solutions to the
things I wouldn't be able to, such as delegate travel to subordinates, greater use of tele/video conferencing, etc.
4. Accept the fact that the way I "get r done" will be different than most people
5. Focus on what I can do and play that as hard as I possibly could
6. Refuse to feel guilty, I did not ask for my condition

This worked for me, I was able to have a 35 year career with the same company and then retired.

Hope this helps & best wishes!
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Not sure if yours are similar, but I get knee problems from keeping my knee flexed while sitting. If it's your left knee, you may be able to sit creatively. Otherwise, you'll just have to take a lot of breaks.

(Unrelated) What helped me the most was a standing desk (although I get tricep pain sometimes from leaning on it).

EDIT: Also, watch your circulation.
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LearningAlot wrote: Wed Apr 24, 2019 9:39 am I have experience in dealing with this issue and I will share you the approach I used. My medical issue
was progressive and therefore got worse every year.
1. Do everything in my power to positively impact my condition
2. Be honest with myself-as things got worse, there were activities that I clearly could not or should not do
3. Be honest with my employer- work proactively and collaboratively with my boss to find solutions to the
things I wouldn't be able to, such as delegate travel to subordinates, greater use of tele/video conferencing, etc.
4. Accept the fact that the way I "get r done" will be different than most people
5. Focus on what I can do and play that as hard as I possibly could
6. Refuse to feel guilty, I did not ask for my condition

This worked for me, I was able to have a 35 year career with the same company and then retired.

Hope this helps & best wishes!
+1. Except on #3: I wouldn't reveal too much unless this is impacting your ability to do your job. FMLA gives you some options.

You say that so far, it hasn't become an issue when you've had to travel for work. Given that, I would suggest not worrying that it will. If it does, you'll likely find some way to deal with it. You could consider working with a psychologist to help you frame the situation, control your stress, and not allow the stress you experience to aggravate it.

Be sure you're consulting multiple medical professionals - there may be some way to address the pain or at least make it bearable, and you just haven't found the doctor who can tell you what that is. You could also consider physical therapy - in certain situations, strengthening or other exercises may help.
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Post by megabad »

AQ wrote: Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:01 am ... how would you deal with this type of stress?
By not worrying so much, understanding my rights as an employee, and saving as much as possible in case I am unable to work in this field (or at all) in the future. If there is nothing that can be done about it, no sense in worrying.
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Perhaps you have done this already, but I would consult a specialist doctor perhaps at a teaching hospital. If he or she can't figure out what's going on, or even if he or she can, consulting a pain specialist might be considered. I'm kind of thinking a wizard ortho doc specializing in knees should know what's going on, or perhaps a nerve guy.
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With unpredictable medical flares which are aggravated by stress, I have adjusted my personal expectations of what I can and cannot expect to always be able to do. Fortunately, my job is generally flexible enough to accommodate.
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