The emotional impact of musculoskeletal conditions at work
Having muscle and joint pain in work, especially if it is having an impact on your ability to work or you have had to take time off, can be stressful and upsetting.
The cycle below demonstrates how pain and emotions can be linked.
Managing thoughts and feelings at work
At work, it is important to have early and open conversations with your employer about any problems you are experiencing in work as a result of your condition.
Promoting better conversations inside and outside the workplace ensures a proactive approach to managing your symptoms and helping you stay in work or return to work effectively.
Feeling stressed and/or anxious can cause you to think things are worse than they are and worry unnecessarily. By talking to your friends, family, colleagues or manager you may find that your worries and concerns are reduced.
Whatever the cause, if negative feelings don't go away, are too much for you to cope with, or are stopping you from carrying on with your normal life, you may need to make some changes and get some extra support.
If you're still feeling down after a couple of weeks, talk to your GP. Your GP can discuss your symptoms with you.
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