Hazards of being confined/working from home

Posted by Z @zeiracorp, Apr 30 3:05pm

I am diabetic and have other health problems as well. I am working from home (and very much appreciate having the opportunity to do that and stay employed for now). One thing is, when working from home I am pretty much on a ‘chain’ to my work area and phone fielding calls, emails, texts, and conferences. The result is I have been sitting a LOT.
Yesterday I had a warm, red lump on my leg and decided I would have to go to the doctor (not the place I want to go at this point in time).

Sure enough I have superficial Thrombophlebitis (blood clot). I have no doubt it’s from sitting. On doing some research I found also that one of the Rx drugs I take (for leg pain) also has a high incidence of people who are taking it getting blood clots (!!).
I do try to get up and move around, but it looks like it hasn’t been enough. I have been going in to work on some occasions if needed, and running the essential errands, so I’m not totally confined, but the situation is not conducive to good health.

I know what to do to treat the condition I have,but I thought I’d share it here to give others something to be aware of. Especially if any of you have a history of deep-vein thrombosis,which is a potential killer if a clot from one of those goes to the heart, lungs, or brain.

@zeiracorp. I'm glad you caught this problem. If you don't mind, can you please tell me what is the drug you are taking for leg pain? I've been staying in since beginning of March, I try to move around so I'm not sitting alot and I walk in the morning and in the afternoon. But my legs have been hurting alot, I'm beginning to think it's not just the statin my cardiologist prescribed, but this is no time to go to the doctor. Normally I would ask for physical therapy but it's nit happening any time soon. I heard that compression sticking can help in blood circulation but I don't know enough about that subject.

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@mayofeb2020

@zeiracorp. I'm glad you caught this problem. If you don't mind, can you please tell me what is the drug you are taking for leg pain? I've been staying in since beginning of March, I try to move around so I'm not sitting alot and I walk in the morning and in the afternoon. But my legs have been hurting alot, I'm beginning to think it's not just the statin my cardiologist prescribed, but this is no time to go to the doctor. Normally I would ask for physical therapy but it's nit happening any time soon. I heard that compression sticking can help in blood circulation but I don't know enough about that subject.

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Mayofeb2020 – Nothing I say is to be construed as medical advice. I am not a medical person.

https://www.ehealthme.com/ds/meloxicam/deep-venous-thrombosis/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/meloxicam-oral-route/precautions/drg-20066928

According to the first url, I am not quite in the highest-risk group.

I have a lot of edema and leg pain anyway. My knees are also shot (I'm avoiding knee-replacement because I've seen more than one that didn't go well – so it's a personal thing for me, just not ready to take the risk as long as I can get around).

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This is a good companion discussion to this one:
What are your tips to work from home and not be distracted? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-are-your-tips-to-work-from-home-and-not-be-distracted/

@zeiracorp, I am quite familiar with the health tolls sitting can take on one's body. I am currently suffering a pinched nerve limiting mobility of my right arm. I'm diligent about doing the exercises my physiotherapist gave via a virtual consult (thank goodness) and it is slowly getting better. I also attribute, in part, my getting kidney stones to too much sitting. I'm also a big tea drinker.

I have learned to
– set a timer to move every 50 minutes
– stand during conference calls
– work in a different position with my ipad for parts of my work
– go for at least 1 walk, preferably 2 short ones

Seems simple, but with constant deadlines and a longer to-do list than hours in a day, it's really hard to get up and move. Zeiracorp, what are your tips?

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@colleenyoung

This is a good companion discussion to this one:
What are your tips to work from home and not be distracted? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/what-are-your-tips-to-work-from-home-and-not-be-distracted/

@zeiracorp, I am quite familiar with the health tolls sitting can take on one's body. I am currently suffering a pinched nerve limiting mobility of my right arm. I'm diligent about doing the exercises my physiotherapist gave via a virtual consult (thank goodness) and it is slowly getting better. I also attribute, in part, my getting kidney stones to too much sitting. I'm also a big tea drinker.

I have learned to
– set a timer to move every 50 minutes
– stand during conference calls
– work in a different position with my ipad for parts of my work
– go for at least 1 walk, preferably 2 short ones

Seems simple, but with constant deadlines and a longer to-do list than hours in a day, it's really hard to get up and move. Zeiracorp, what are your tips?

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Thanks for your thoughtful response. I'm physically going into work some days which does help, and going out to get necessities.

On the lighter side, my biggest problem is having followed this exercise program (not my graphic – borrowed from another forum, but it is so accurate) 🙂

Quarantine Workout

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@zeiracorp

Thanks for your thoughtful response. I'm physically going into work some days which does help, and going out to get necessities.

On the lighter side, my biggest problem is having followed this exercise program (not my graphic – borrowed from another forum, but it is so accurate) 🙂

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@zeiracorp, such an accurate graphic, including the forward tilt of the head, which is my bane. Physiotherapist told me to pull my chin in and shoulders down to counteract the computer neck. A pose that is NOT suitable for selfies, I don't appreciate the triple chin.

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