Fibromyalgia Action UK
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Well another day in the wonderful world of fibromyalgia

I have got really bad cough and cold at the moment and have been going into work with this even though only getting a couple of hours sleep at night. The aches and pains in my body have been dreadful but because I have hit the sickness trigger at work I am dragging myself in. Today I ended up fainting at my desk - everything went black and my head dropped on the desk. It was only for a few seconds but I came to crying and unable to speak coherently. In the end a colleague brought me home and I'm feeling bit brighter now in the comfort of my own home. What really annoyed me was the fact that my work colleague suggested I was depressed and needed counselling. I am not depressed I have been depressed in the past and today I was just totally worn out. I wish people wouldn't label fibro as depression. I wondered if anyone else experienced this. I have been to see Occ Health at work (a week ago) and she suggested that I cut my hours and only work my contracted hours not the long days I normally do. She made some very good recommendations, a screen/desk assessment to be done and regular micro breaks (every 45 minutes). My manager yesterday said she must discuss the report with me but she was too busy at the moment. Well it will have to wait now until I am fit enough to go back to work. Feeling bit frustrated at moment.

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I collapsed in work last May - mine was due to inflamed bowell that had twisted but it was the kick I needed to take things easier

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Sorry to hear that. I am in a similar situation. I have taken exactly 2 sick days since August last year because my employer has introduced the Bradford points system with a trigger at 100 points for you to get an invite to a meeting with the line manager. So I just thought it best to use my annual leave when I crash.

The past two weeks, since the temperature fell, have been particularly tough. Even though I have dragged myself in to work, I am absolutely exhausted with widespread pain, and very, very poor concentration. I struggle to keep myself awake and upright, which I ironic because I can't sleep at night.

All I can suggest is listen to your body. You need to get some rest to get over this rough patch. The micro breaks and not putting in overtime sound like great ideas. All the best for the meeting with your boss.

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Rest for now, any work meetings can wait and I suggest you have a union rep or trusted colleague with you, I hope you feel better soon xxx

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Be careful and get checked out sounds more like a flu bug than depression and this flu is dangerous especially for those with chronic illness already fainting is not good please get checked xxxxx

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