Best jobs for chronic pain sufferers – painpathways magazine heartburn vomiting

Studies have shown that people with a chronic pain condition struggle with missing work days, staying employed and finding employment that fits with their condition…and many simply leave the workforce altogether. Recent research suggests that the financial cost of pain to society is around $560 to $635 billion, taking into account days of work missed, hours of work lost, lower wages and healthcare costs. The reality is that it’s in the employee and the employer’s best interest to have a good job fit for pain sufferers.

Not all will agree – but this list was compiled by listening to chronic pain sufferers and learning which jobs they have found easier to do while living with their condition. It is not exhaustive, and as stated, some do not think all of these jobs would work for a pain sufferer.


Why: Variety of work, not sitting at a desk for too long, not too much repetition. This work has been found to be linked with less occupational injuries. Unless there is a significant amount of typing, being an Administrative Assistant involves less repetitive movements and most in this job have the flexibility to take breaks when needed.

Why: More laid back and empathetic to your physical limitations. Non-profits can offer many of the same types of work as for-profits. Studies have shown that working for a philanthropy can make you feel better. It’s an opportunity to help others instead of focusing on your own problems and pain.

Why: Likely able to work from home, flexible schedule, ability to make work space comfortable and take breaks. Even if you can’t work from home, you’ll likely have the ability to customize your work space for comfort, as writers are generally thought to need “creative space” – and your pain accommodations can be a part of this.

Why: Complete flexibility of schedule, not standing or sitting for too long. For the most part, realtors work from home or outside of an office for a good part of each day. As well, the ability to reschedule client meetings and home showings if you feel poorly resides within your hands.

Why: Set your own schedule, variety of work, not too much sitting or standing required. Becoming a coach may require training or just taking what you’ve learned in your career and becoming the trainer for others. Life coach, business coach and health coach are a few common “coaching” options. If you have migraine…

Having regular migraine can make holding down a job almost impossible for some people. There is so little control for the triggers and timing of when a migraine headache will pop up, and when you do get them, there is often little you can do other than lie down. But many migraine sufferers have found a way to transition a job that didn’t work into a job that did without making a complete career change.

One other pain condition that can almost debilitate sufferers is fibromyalgia. By far the best types of jobs for fibro sufferers offer flexibility of schedule and movement as well as low levels of physical and emotional stress. Ones that allow for the use assistive aids (headrest, lumbar support) are also ideal. As well, jobs that allow you to dress comfortably work better. The bottom line is that work-from-home jobs put all the control in your hands. And possibly, you’ll get to pick work you are interested in and enjoy doing as well as work that offers the ultimate flexibility.

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