Psoriatic Arthritis at Work
Working is just one of those things that most of us have to do on a regular basis. Whether we are feeling up to it or not. There are bills that need to be paid and for this to happen we attend this place called work.
The pains of psoriatic arthritis at work
Some days, it can honestly just seem like a bridge too far for me. Days when it feels like my joints need oil and all the tendons in my body are protesting their very existence. If it were up to them, we really would just stay holed up in bed and rest. Alas, there are places to go to.
This is how I make my days at work easier when my body is in meltdown mode.
Remain honest in the workplace
I have chosen the way of truth for most things in my life and this is no exception. Being honest and straight with the people you work for and work with will stand you in good stead. Let them know that there will be days will you just don't have it together.
I find that people respond better when they know what is going on. Also, you are not seen as tardy or lazy when you most certainly are not. So when you hit a flare, let the folks who spend all day with you know whats going on.
Create a work survival kit
A work survival kit should include all the items you may need to survive in the workplace. Pain medication, of course. I am sure to keep enough non-drowsy pain medication with me, to help me through the day. Keeping a spare set of meds at work can go a long way, especially when you forget to pack them in with your lunch.
Another good item is a footstool. One of these guys under the desk can make the world of difference. Particularly when you sit for a large portion of the day. Let's not forget a good office chair, the place you sit should provide relevant support. If work is not willing to supply one I am more than happy to bring my own. A good orthopedic pillow can also help alleviate some discomfort.
A psoriatic arthritis must! An ice pack. Leave one at work, or pack one with your lunch every day, but have it at your disposal. An icepack is very handy to have when pain levels start to tip the scales. A bean bag that can be warmed in the microwave is also helpful.
Additional tips to survive psoriatic arthritis in the workplace
Keep walking. I take time as often as possible to walk around, it is helpful to stretch often and maybe take the long route to the restrooms.
Pack and eat healthy food. Try and stay away from convenient refined foods. I find that they leave me feeling extra tired and sluggish at my desk all day. Rather a nutrient-dense lunch with all the good stuff in it.
Stay Hydrated. Water, Water, Water. Drink enough of it, keep a bottle on your desk and keep at it. The extra trips to the restroom will add to your step count and keep you moving too.
Learn your limits at work
Know when enough is enough. Learn to say no when you can't do something. It's also a good skill to listen to your body and learn when to go home when you need to. You know your body better than anyone else. If you know you cannot take it anymore, go home. Rest and begin to feel a little better before returning.
Workplace hacks can be so dependent on your industry. I would love to hear from you. What industry do you work in and what is your top workplace hack for coping with PSA at work? Comment below.
Do you regularly track your psoriatic arthritis symptoms?