Have you ever heard someone say “I’ve had the journey from hell”? Let’s pose a few questions. How long is your daily commute? How many public toilets do you pass on the way? Have you ever altered your route in order to get to one? Chances are, as a uterine fibroid sufferer, you have.
How long is your daily commute?
Commuting is taken for granted as a normal part of modern daily life. Whether we take the bus, catch the train or drive the car, we are spending an increased amount of time getting where we need to be on a daily basis. So, how does this affect our health? One in three employees with a commute longer than 90 minutes say they have had a neck or back problem that has caused recurrent pain in the previous 12 months1. They are also more likely to have been diagnosed with high cholesterol and have a high BMI1. There is also a connection between commuting and emotional wellbeing showing employees with longer commute times experiencing worry for much of the day prior to the commute. How do you cope then with the additional burden of uterine fibroids?
How do you get there?
The most usual forms of daily transport are the car, the train and the bus. While taking the car may seem like the most attractive option, with parking at a minimum you may have to drive around for ages to find a space, you may even have to car share. When taking the bus or the train, you risk delays or may have to make several changes. The pain and the heavy bleeding associated with uterine fibroids can make getting where you need to go an arduous task.
What can you do to make it easier?
There are quick fixes that may help in the short-term when dealing with the symptoms of uterine fibroids, such as familiarizing yourself with public toilets on the route, allowing extra time to avoid rush hour or to allow a break in the middle. You probably have your bag packed with all the essentials you may need and may also want to make the journey in more comfortable clothes before changing once you get to work.
But is easier good enough, when it could be better?
However, a ‘quick’ fix at the end of the day is just that. If you are suffering unnecessarily and having to anticipate the journey with all the unexpected turns that a daily commute brings, why not tackle the problem? It is probably time to see your doctor and assess with them what options are available to treat your uterine fibroids and for you to improve your quality of life.
It’s time to take care of yourself so that next time when you see the traffic jam ahead, or see the ‘delayed’ billboard at the train station or bus stop, your only worry will be getting to work a little late.
1Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index July 2009-June 2010 “Wellbeing Lower Among Workers With Long Commutes” Steve Crabtree