Career Almost Ended Due to Illness andPainHow Single Mother Got her Life Back
Dear Friends,It was 1989, the beginning of the computer infusion into business. The marvelousinvention of the computer turned out to be a mixed blessing. Here was a miraclemachine that could save a lot of work, organize, and cut the clutter of paper in youroffice. But a lot o
people started to feel bad in front of a computer
for a few hours.More and more people were
feeling tired, irritable, unfocused, headachy and just alittle more depressed.
What was the connection?
I had a patient who loved her job and was really good at it. But, after 18 months asprogrammer,
she was having terrible headaches, pressure in her ears
(sheconstantly felt like she was coming in for a landing, but never quite landed) andwas
. At first this only happened in the afternoons, but nowthe pain started first thing in the morning.
Every day was an increasingstruggle for survival.
"Susan", was a single parent and terrified that she’d lose her job, livelihood and herhouse. In little over a year she’d gone from excited and confident about her careerfeeling that the job was no longer a blessing but a curse. After all the money andeffort she’d put into learning these skills - now they were making her sick.
Susan had been to other doctors and basically been written off as probablya little nuts. After all, the doctors couldn’t find what was wrong, so it mustbe her.
Susan felt a little better, but was in pain and struggling. She was ready togive up her job. She would lose her house, and have to start all over again in a newcareer. She had no idea how she was going to manage going back to school. Again.To be honest, Susan, wasn't the first patient reporting feeling tired or sick afterworking in front of a computer all day. It was 1989, Boston, home of Digital, Lotusand other big software companies. Every day I had more patients who weresuffering from headaches, tension, frequent colds and flu that went on for weeks,and over-all stress. I was very concerned.I desperately wanted to help. Giving up computers just wasn't an option. I searchedthe Internet and talked to other doctors looking for an answer. I found a lot of