Are you needing some fibromyalgia work accommodations? Are you using all the work options available to you? Do you even know what those work options are? Ever wonder if it’s time for you to file for short- or long-term disability?
If you are struggling with these questions about work and fibromyalgia, I encourage you to take this assessment developed by one of my best coaches, Julie Hamilton at Coaching PI. (Take the assessment here.) After you complete the assessment, Julie will send you a personalized reply with what she believes your options are. You’ll also have the opportunity to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Julie to discuss your individual situation.
Julie has been trained by me directly and is a graduate of the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute. In addition to being a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach, Julie is a Certified Life Coach and Youth Life Coach. She has over 20 years as a Human Resources Manager/Director. This means she knows the ins and outs of the workplace when dealing with health issues. She has worked with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) since its inception and can help you request fibromyalgia work accommodations from your employer to help you keep working. Julie has fibromyalgia and is familiar with workplace issues you may be facing.
I’ll be honest with you — whenever I have workplace questions or clients who need help with short-term disability, FMLA, requesting accommodations, or any other issues that come up at work, I go to Julie. She is truly an expert in this field and, quite frankly, knows WAY more than I do on this subject!
Half of Surveyed Fibromyalgia Patients Are Unable to Work
Fibromyalgia affects as many as 5 million Americans ages 18 and older with 80%-90% being women. About half of these patients are unable to work.
In March 2007, an internet survey was conducted with individuals who have fibromyalgia. Here’s a direct quote from the survey:
The respondents were nearly equally divided regarding their ability to maintain gainful employment. Those who were still working felt that their symptoms compromised their ability to be productive due to frequent absences and reduced work hours. Approximately 20% of the respondents had filed some form of disability claim and 6% received workman’s compensation. 
A Note From Julie
I am passionate about helping women with fibromyalgia excel in their professional careers and regain their active social lives. I want to help you be one of the fibromyalgia patients that is able to continue working! Visit my website to fill out the questionnaire. I will then email you a personalized assessment based on your answers within 7 days.
- Bennett, Robert M., et al. “An internet survey of 2,596 people with fibromyalgia.” BMC musculoskeletal disorders 8.1 (2007): 27.