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Coping at work

LasVegasLLasVegas Posts: 95
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:48 AM in Pain Medications
Professional Salesman, 8:30am--5:30pm, Mon--Fri.

Typical work day consists of corporate meetings, dozens of phone calls, emails, faxes, proposal preparation, contract review; but most of my day is driving to/from appointments and face-to-face sales meetings.

Percocet, Lortab, Flexeril, etc help with the majority of pain caused by injuries to my neck and lumbar. Problem is these meds sometimes make me slur, and make me feel slow and unmotivated to be the sociable over-achiever that I am.

Let us not forget the label on the pill bottle that cautions driving and I am on the streets driving at least about 6 hours daily. I realize taking pain pills during my workday is not good and can be harmful in many ways to many others besides myself!

Problem is I suffer from non-stop lumbar and neck pain. If I don't take the meds, I easily transform out of my suit and tie into a grizzly bear out of hibernation ready to growl at every creature in my path.

Guess this is what you call a "catch 22"...any suggestions?



  • I sympathize with you, prior to my surgery I was popping pills in the office, vicodin, soma or flexril, then graduated to oxy. I am in sales, but 90% is in office, I was working on meds that would or should have knocked big burly men collapse!

    My entire office knew it, my mgmt knew, just as long as I was pumping out production, it was fine by all, except me. My spine was rotting away.

    Are you able to take time off, do you disability insurance? Can you change it up a bit and do more work at the office vs driving while on meds? If your job can let you work from office more hours....? I don't know LV, I got to the point that "chair & pc" were killing me! My only solution after suffering and trying everything for years was fusion surgery. I am currently out on disability.

    I Hope to be back to work soon....

    Wish I could be of more help sweetie, o feel for you.

  • Before I retired, they (my director) knew I was taking Lyrica when I came in (they already took my gun because of it), and when *really* bad, Darvocet. Other than that, I basically did my new "admin" assignments as directed.

    Each job is different. Some you can take meds without a problem, others (like mine) modification of duties and job assignments.... I was law enforcement and flying.. Lyrica STOPPED the flying part, and gun totting part! (G)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Thanks for your sympathy, empathy, etc Viriniap :)
    I'm in outside sales, so my job is a "hunter" seeking new prospects, new clients while out of the office. I cold call an average of 30 business daily, plus have my scheduled appointments at different businesses.

    Driving in Las Vegas is challenging because the Las Vegas Valley is very spread out, not consolidated like most major cities. Due to the casinos, there are rush hours 5 times daily. Idling in traffic having to be alert for the green light is a must!

    There are no trains, subways, etc here so that is not an option, must drive.

    As for taking time off, not a chance, I just started 5 months ago and it is a very high pressure ssles environment, hence produce sales or get canned! Breaking news today stated Las Vegas is now ranked #1 unemployment rate (15%) in the USA, so would not want to jeapordize taking time off and losing my job.

    Time in the office is only an hour or two a day, and that limited amount of time is more painful sitting at my desk than sitting in traffic. Maybe it is because although I am sitting in either situation (office/car) I have the comfort of the radio, fresh air, moving scenery, etc when driving.

    Hope you feel well enough to get back to work soon.
  • I am in a similar "boat". I keep waiting to get fired, but my boss loves me. I have been reduced to phone calls instead of live calls. I am now so dizzy and tired I feel like I am spinning in circles. I luck out because my corporate offices are about 3,000 miles away.

    I manage to send out my samples & brochures and work with other sales people (I am a broker) so I can send out samples follow up with phone calls and can get away with it. I try to limit my driving to 2-3 days a week now and get very organized (my trips are all planend & short). But I know my work is suffering and I don't know if I will come back after my next surgery.

    It is the trade shows that kill me. Vegas would be too much for me. I don't know how you are keeping up.

    Feel Better,

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