When asked about fibromyalgia, a typical person would probably have zero idea what it is. He will most probably dub it as a case of disability, a disorder or a disease depending on what first pops through his mind. For those who know more about fibromyalgia than they care to admit, they’d sum up all of the three words as a vague definition of fibromyalgia.
Wikipedia defines fibromyalgia as “a medical disorder characterized by chronic widespread pain and allodynia, a heightened and painful response to pressure. The symptoms are not restricted to pain, leading to the use of the alternative term fibromyalgia syndrome for the condition. Other core symptoms include debilitating fatigue, sleep disturbance, and joint stiffness.”
Earning a fixed income can prove to be a challenge for a fibromyalgia sufferer mostly because of the illness’ unpredictability. A person with this condition may feel perfectly okay one minute, the next thing they knew, they can’t move their body without the excruciating pain. Employers require dependable employees but when the pain that accompanies fibromyalgia attacks, dependability is gone with the wind.
Many sufferers of this condition think of their disorder as a disability due to the nagging pain they feel in their muscles which cause difficulty in movement. They give up hope on ever achieving a satisfying life and a fulfilling career. But this shouldn’t always be the case. Even individuals with fibromyalgia have the capacity to lead a prolific life. There are many job opportunities out there that do not necessarily need muscle strength to fulfill.
The emergence of home-based careers gave way to a chance for many fibromyalgia sufferers to keep their perceived disability as a merely a train of thought. A person with fibromyalgia can work as a consultant if he is an expert in anything under the sun. As a consultant, you can work flexible hours of your own choosing. Time flexibility is also a considerable advantage as a virtual assistant, writing for publications such as online journals, books, newspapers and magazines. Blogging jobs could also be a fine means of earning income through Google Adsense, sister programs and selling advertising space on your blog. Engaging in handicrafts and selling them to relatives, neighbors and acquaintances will reel in money as well.
A person diagnosed with fibromyalgia can also work as market researcher, whether it’s freelance or working for a corporation. He can also try online sales by opening a storefront in online selling sites such as Ebay and direct sales for many renowned brands.
If you’re fond of shopping, becoming a personal shopper could also be a worthwhile job. It is quite fun to be shopping online for busy professionals. Besides, you are also in control of your time and you’re doing what you like doing.
Having fibromyalgia and adapting to the changes that it brings into your life can be quite a taxing experience. But there is no need to lose hope. One can achieve the best of life not by giving up but by struggling to stay above it all.
May 13 2010, 11:49 AM