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Fibromyalgia, Anxiety, Depression - Help!

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I am a nurse with depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia. I work in the hospital where I am required to do rotational shift work ie: day, day, night or day, night, night followed by 4-5 days off. I have been working back on the inpatient unit for 7 months now and I feel like my depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia have all been flared up lately. I've had to take quite a few sick days this month due to a major flare up in symptoms. I am going to have to meet with my manager about sick time and I am so worried!

I honestly feel terrible all the time, it is such a struggle to get through my 12 hour shifts even on a "good" day.

I wonder if any of you also struggle with any of these conditions and if you have any tips for me?

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I am a nurse with depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia. I work in the hospital where I am required to do rotational shift work ie: day, day, night or day, night, night followed by 4-5 days off. I have been working back on the inpatient unit for 7 months now and I feel like my depression, anxiety, and fibromyalgia have all been flared up lately. I've had to take quite a few sick days this month due to a major flare up in symptoms. I am going to have to meet with my manager about sick time and I am so worried!

I honestly feel terrible all the time, it is such a struggle to get through my 12 hour shifts even on a "good" day.

I wonder if any of you also struggle with any of these conditions and if you have any tips for me?

Ok so I suffer from all of the above though the anxiety is pretty much under control these days. It is against TOS to give medical advise so if you really feel this terrible the first thing I would suggest is a complete work-up with your primary care physician or any specialists that you see for the fibromyalgia and depression. That being said I will tell you some of the things that work for me.

I have found that with my fibromyalgia (all cases are different) the key to healthy function is solid restful sleep. I'm and worrier and insomniac by nature so good sleep is relative but if I get a good solid 5 to 6 hour block of sleep each day it seems to make everything better. Eat a healthy diet. Start each day with a warm shower and some Tia Chi to gently stretch and drink lots of good organic green tea. I am actually in a pretty bad flare up on the fibro right now but the whole family knows to leave mom be when she gets home to decompress and rest.

A physician's documentation for each time you miss work is essential in these situations as it shows your employer that you are seeking help to get better and be more productive. Find some balance in your life. It may be that rotating shifts is not appropriate as is seriously disrupts the sleep cycle.

Good luck and hope you feel better

Hppy

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Thank you so much for the reply! It's njce to know that others out there can relate. See definitely helps with all of my symptoms and I think switching from days to nights and back to days is really making that difficult. Thanks for the tip on stretching and tai chi :)

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I also have fibromyalgia and have had anxiety and depression. Rotatating shifts would be awful for my fibromyalgia. Night shift is less than optimal for fibromyalgia also, but you might find it better than rotating and your employer might allow that. Best of wishes.

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