So for the past 2 years I've been dealing with the horrendous journey of trying to get help with my pain management. Im not officially diagnosed with endo, however after a year of ruling out other possibilties my gp believes thats what i have, and now a gyno consultant at the hospital has just referred me for ultrasounds and if that doesn't show anything a lapraoscapy as that's what she's also looking for. I also have PCOS.
What I'm struggling most with atm is pain management, especially at work. I work in an incredibly busy retail environment and I'm not allowed to sit down at all during my shifts, yet 2-3 weeks of the month I struggle with excruciating pain and fatigue. Metafetic acid doesn't massively help, and I've been put on codeine but i dont like using it all the time plus I can't use that while I'm on shift as it makes me feel tired and dizzy and I can't work properly.
My main issue at work is that my manager isn't very understand to my perspective, he recently joined our team this year and changed our breaks, if we're on longer shifts (8hours) we can only have a half an hour breaks, when it used to be an hour. I've tried to explain to him that as my pain meds (showed him prescriptions etc) need to be taken with meals, half an hour doesn't give me long enough to allow the meds to take effect before I go back on my shift, plus it doesn't give me long enough to rest and get my energy levels back up. I'm really struggling with this as I struggle to hide my pain when I'm with customers, and then I get in trouble as I'm not offering our policy of 5* customer service. But as I'm not officially diagnosed yet he says he can't make exceptions for me, and refuses to put me on shorter shifts. I love my job but dealing with this pain is really getting me down. And I'm not sure what to do.
If anyone can offer me pain management ideas, or ways of talking to my employer I'll be much appreciated.