Office work using computers

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Just a thought how many of you guys with CS use computers in your job ie, working 8 hours a day and have developed this condition I have heard this type of work is one of the worst things you can do with CS 

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    Probably got a lot to do with having suitable seating and being aware of ergonomic postures.  I did a 3 month PC course about 10 years ago and surprisingly didn't suffer too much....although rough days needed some determination.  Wouldn't fancy it 5 days a week.  Different severities call their own tune.  The trouble with getting the right seating is that it takes a few days to figure out whether it works or not !
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    Hi Karen I have just had to give up work after doing 12 years office work from 9-5,30 in a row. Ergonomics only was sorted out for me once I was diagnosed with the condition. Usually also a workplace doesn't really buy special chairs until you have been diagnosed with the condition as although your work station is set up, companies don't spend nearly 2k on a chair which fully supports your cervical and lumbar spine until you have been diagnosed - too late!
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      I can believe that you have had to pack in work I was the same I've been given gabapentin with my zormorph now and seems to have eased it a bit 
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    Hi Karen, I have CS in 4,5 & 6, diagnosed about 8 years ago.  I have an office based job and am sat at a computer 10 hours a day, I don't a choice regarding my job description as my husband and I have our own business, so I just make sure I have the right chair, try to sit properly and try to keep my neck moving by doing exercises while I'm sat here.  Sometimes in life we don't have choices and we just have to get on with it and make the situation work for you.
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      I know what you mean having to get in with it with a mortgage and things I've worked for 30 years doing office work gp but it got to the point where it was unbearable 
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    Perhaps,  one of the barriers to exploring better conditions in the workplace is the whole C/S 'disbelief' thing.  Even with the back-up of diagnosis or neurological report,  it still seems that C/S can be easily misinterpreted as 'semi-imagined whingeing'.....that's how it sounds to the listener,  and it is continually re-inforced with one side insisting the symptoms are 'real',  and the other side entrenching their disbelief,  even if it's never said upfront.  If anyone found a solution to that issue,  then I think it would open doors to more progressive thinking about improving working conditions for C/S.  Same applies across the board really....we just don't get fair and equal appreciation for the struggles we face.   We'll always be perceived as 'maybe' rather than as 'actual',  and we'll always have to wrestle with unconvincing responses.  C/S lacks any outward confirmation,  and it assumes a 'suspect' status in the general culture....which, in turn,  encourages an avoidance of positive measures to facilitate any meaningful inclusion.  Unfortunately, the culture we adhere to so passionately, finds it easier to dismiss issues which don't convince on the surface....and C/S falls easily into that ignorable sub-group.  I don't think the professionals have been any help whatsoever in trying to change that overview into something more positive and acceptable.....perhaps because it might expose their own shortcomings in their approach to the C/S issue.   Keep it off the front page,  and nobody gets embarrassed !
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      Thanks for the reply Gerry I understand what you are saying about disbelief people,just just think oh pain in the neck er no it's a lot worse than that and I have got a new chair in work so will see how it goes 
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    Hi again Karen. The job that set my cs off was working in a factory, on a production line. I was constantly looking down. This is also not a good type of job to be doing. The pain got really bad over the space of a month. I have now not been able to work since the age of 42. I am 62 now and the pain is really bad. Luckily enough, over the years, my medication is sorted, and the pain is easier.

    You take care, and keep on posting your queries smile

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      Thanks Lesley I went back the docs and was given gabapentin to take with my zormorph and the really bad pain seems to have eased fingers crossed couldn't cope anymore you take care to I nearly got to the point of walking away from my job couldn't cope 
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      I came out of my job at the age of 42 in horrific pain. I have had jobs since, but the longest I have lasted is 4 months. The pain was just to bad. I am now 61 and I cant see myself ever getting back to work.
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    Hi Karen I tried so hard to keep hold of my job, but now only do I have cs I also have many degenerated discs, widespread osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and cfs which meant I was sleeping my way into work and home again and my partner was therefore driving me there and home again which was a 3 HR round trip and I spent my evenings and weekends in bed. My gp said I could no longer go on the way I was but I didn't listen and my broody and mind just crashed. I now have a very poor memory and really struggle so work was no longer an option for me :-(
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    Hi Karen 

    i use a computer all day at work and I am in terrible pain I have been given

    co codamool and amitriptyline but it's no longer making a differance has anyone any other suggestions that I could ask my doctor. I have a sickness meeting at work coming up and I am so worried about my job I cant give up work I have a mortgage etc to pay I don't know what the answer is 

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      Hi. Try asking for gabapentin or pregabalin. These together with your co-codamol and amitriptyline might work or will certainly make it easier.
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