Hi, like many of you, I've struggled with recurring back problems for over 8 years now, both disc and muscular problems. Just turned 30, and through all this time, I've pushed and pushed to carry on through my desk job. Yes, I get up regularly, I even have a sit/stand desk. However, I feel like I'm fighting a loosing battle. I've been off work for 4 weeks now - the longest time I've ever had off. Due to see the neurosurgeon on Tuesday (probably leading to my 3rd MRI scan since this all started). I plan to ask his advice on my work set up but would be interested to hear experiences of fellow sufferers.
Basically I'm fed up of the idea that sitting at a rigid 90 degree angle at a desk is the best option. The amount of energy that goes into warding off the pain (often unsuccessfully) is ridiculous - it's tsken over my life.
I've come to believe that working in a reclined position would be the best solution in order to take the pressure off my spine, with my monitor on an adjustable arm so that it can be positioned suitably. Working from home would allow me to do this, still fulfill my work obligations, and give me the flexibility to get up regularly and exercise freely as and when I feel strong. I'm hoping that this set up would improve my quality of life immensely. The trouble is changing the perception that people working on computers need to be in office chairs. My employer has agreed to work from home in the short term (still need to tackle this as a long term solution), but they won't allow it until they visit my house to do a traditional desk assessment (i. e. they're expecting a desk and office chair) . Has anyone ever had their employer aprove a reclined work set up? If so, has working in a reclined position improved your ability to manage your condition? Any experience would be greatly appreciated.