I work a full time office based job 5 days a week 9-5.30 in London. I have always suffered with migraines, however felt my 2 hour stressful commute probably didnt help, I worked 1 day a week from home to help this which it did it went from 1 or 2 a week to 1 a month.
7 months ago I moved an hour commute from my job hoping to give me a better balance and improve my migraines giving me more time in the evenings to be active (particularly yoga). I was also asked to be back in the office for 5 days a week. I feel that the office environment makes my migraine situation worse – the bright lights, loud noise in the office and the stressful journey into work – where as working at home I have no stressful journey I have dim lights and no noise and my work is more productive in this environment however I am still struggling with sickness days. They are getting better in the last 2 months since returning to 4 days a week in the office but not where I want them to be.
In 5 months I have had 11 bouts of sickness of work (1-2 days each time). 7 of these were while doing a full 5 day week in the office, so I can see improvement in working from home but am I expecting too much too soon? I am now in a situation where my empolyer although have previously been flexible and quite good with my situation are now taking things down a formal route and want to avoid my working from home all together. I am worried as I can barely manage 4 days in the office, and definitely cannot do 5.
This not only affects my work life but also my social life – I avoid social situations due to noice/stress of traveling and generally having too many attacks to be able to arrange anything without canceling.
Treatments – I have tried sumitriptan (it works but I cannot take while in the office due to side effects and if I put off longer than a couple of hours it doesnt work and makes my attack worse causing days off sick). I get a lot of pain in shoulders and neck with an attack and find pressure points at the back of my head seem to soothe it depending on severity whilst I am at work, sometimes a large dose of painkillers will hold off till I get home. I get bad nausea (although never been sick) and light sensitivity and end up in pain in the dark.
I am young (27) and feel there has to be more to life, I am at a point where I will try anything. This weekend I am going to get my daith pierced – its worth a try?! Also in my monthly GP appointment next week I am going to ask to have Optic Nerve Injections – so any advise on either of these would be great? I enjoy my job and would like to keep it or find a way it will work around my migraines however I am loosing hope that I will be allowed to or that it even can work.
However how do people work full time with migraines?
Have you had to change your job or cut down hours/work part time because of them?
How did you deal with the pressure of not taking sick days at work?
I am losing hope and feeling really down and depressed, I need some advise on how to work with migraines, and how to try and live?