View Poll Results: How much do you work outside of your home each week?
0 Hours 46 18.62%
<10 Hours 9 3.64%
<20 Hours 25 10.12%
<30 Hours 21 8.50%
<38 Hours 30 12.15%
38-40 Hours 37 14.98%
>40 Hours 79 31.98%
Voters: 247. You may not vote on this poll

04-08-2008, 11:54 PM   #1
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How much do you work?

I'm curious because I have so much trouble with it. I find anything more than 30 hours per week of physical work to be unsustainable. I can do it for a while but every week my body deteriorates more and more and I eventually have to call in sick more and more.

Also, what kind of work do you do?

I messed up the options. It should be for example 30-38 Hours instead of just <38 Hours.

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04-09-2008, 07:47 AM   #2
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I work for a publishing company at least 40 hrs per week. We are now in our busy season which lasts from the middle of January until the middle of June which I work more than 40 hrs. My wife's parents own a home rehab business and I work for them on the weekends which consists of mowing the lawn, painting, kitchen tear-outs...etc. It's worked out nicely because I was able to pay off my medical bills sooner. It still took me 18 months post surgery to pay every thing off.
04-09-2008, 10:40 AM   #3
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I work less than twenty at a cafe on campus, but I'm also a full time student taking 5 classes (15 credit hours)
04-09-2008, 11:00 AM   #4
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I work about 20 - 25 hours a week.. driving school bus (of all things). but it meets with my current 'physical' restrictions... 3 hours in the AM +/-, then 4 hours rest, then 2 hours in the PM +/-. I'll never get rich, but it shouldn't cost me my health, either... And, I've learned (as Martha Stewart would say).. "that's a good thing" (or is that a phrase that she just picked up in prison?)

Dx'd July, 2006
Meds: Flagyl, Cipro, Pred, AZA.. to no effect
Low Dose Naltrexone Nov 2007 - May 2014
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04-10-2008, 10:37 AM   #5
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I'm not doing anything right now. But hopefully I'll be a full time student soon.
04-10-2008, 02:01 PM   #6
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I work 36 to 48 hours at my full time job and then another 10 to 20 hours at our business. I need to be well to keep up with my schedule. Most of the work is not physical, which is a mixed blessing. I prefer physical work since I hate to exercise.

04-20-2008, 10:35 AM   #7
I work 40 hours a week, but my job is more of mental stress instead of physocal since I design on a computer all the time.

04-21-2008, 04:09 PM   #8
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Today is my first day back after 5 months off and before the time off I was working 40-60 hours a week and plan on making at least 40 hours a week now. If my body says its too much though I can always cut back. My boss knows and he's being super supportive of me.
04-29-2008, 04:28 PM   #9
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Hi all,

I used to work for a construction company as a site secretary, very stressful, some weeks i would work over 45 hrs a week between my normal 39 hr week and working at home. I was made redundant in February, thank god!!!. I now work for a vet about 5 mins from my home. I work 37.5 hrs a week sometimes i have to work a saturday, but i dont mind i can get time off during the week for it. My crohns has improved, my mood has improved , i have no stress and i love the job.

05-25-2008, 05:41 PM   #10
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Wow, only 40% of people on this forum with crohn's work a full schedule. I'm surprised. I always thought I was 'lazier' than your average crohnie. Apparently I'm above average.
07-20-2008, 12:55 PM   #11
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I am blessed to have the perfect job for someone with CD. I am an at-home medical transcriptionist, 40 hours a week, but just across the hall from the bathroom!!!
12-30-2008, 07:03 PM   #12
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I work less than 10 hours a week usually, I'm contracted to work 6 hours on a Sunday and then I have to be flexible and cover colleagues and do overtime when that's necessary. Only times when I work more than that are at Christmas, because the world of retail just goes crazy!

I'm also a full time student, attend college 3 and a half days a week then use the rest of the time for personal study. I wouldn't say I'm lazy, the only thing I find difficult is standing up all the time at work, it's often not comfortable puts a lot of strain on my back. On the upside I can dash to the bathroom anytime I want and I get paid breaks.
12-30-2008, 07:18 PM   #13
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0 hours. Been on disability for almost 2 years now.
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12-30-2008, 08:18 PM   #14
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I work 60-80 hour weeks (no joke) as an investment banker.
12-30-2008, 08:28 PM   #15
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I work 40-50 hrs a week. I love it, would do more at times, but my boss makes me leave, so I don't kill myself.
12-30-2008, 09:31 PM   #16
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Technically I work 34 hours. I have to be in by 8:45 and we can leave at 3:30.
Usually I am there a bit later though. And sometimes we have meetings that start earlier or run later. I rarely take work home. That's just wrong.
12-30-2008, 10:55 PM   #17
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"That's just wrong." I wish. I'm sitting here in bed doing emails and jumping on conference calls. LOL.
12-30-2008, 11:06 PM   #18
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\/ to make this part worse fen \/

My Butt Hurts said:
That's just wrong
\/ when MBH said this \/

My Butt Hurts said:
Technically I work 34 hours.

she was talking per year, not per week.......


Current meds - Methotrexate, the rest werent doing anything.
Current state - hopeing poop softener, honey and cinnamon tea make me poop like a crohnie again..

my story -

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12-31-2008, 09:15 AM   #19
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Jed - are you drinking at work again??
And stop stalking me...
12-31-2008, 09:26 AM   #20
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he he.
n o stalking MB, just affection to a funny friend!
01-01-2009, 01:08 PM   #21
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Location: California

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I work 40-50 hours a week. Since getting the disease I have learned to not bring home work and to try to leave at a reasonable time everyday. I may not always take my breaks but I take my lunch every day. If I don't do these things I always pay for it in the end.
Currently on: Colazal, Prilosec, multi-vitamin, probiotics, total EFA's, glucosamine.

Previous meds: Sulfasalazine, Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Entocort.

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01-08-2009, 09:44 PM   #22
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I'm a full time law school student. When I'm in school I work FAR more then 40 hours a week. Right now I'm on internship and work 40-50 hours a week. Of course...this all assumes I'm not in the hospital or anything (missed three weeks last quarter for surgery, it was quite a disaster.)
01-09-2009, 01:20 AM   #23
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have only been at my job since the summer, and now i havent been to work for 2 months cause ive been so sick. not on disability or anything offical though, manager just said "ok, call us when youre feeling better." i was like umm ok.
work in a mall clothing store, i like it, people are interesting to talk to. usually i work 10-2pm or 10-5pm shifts every weekday. im one of the only employees who doesnt have college or other daytime commitiments. usually get the weekends off too.
first job and ive already disappeared for months, bahh.
01-09-2009, 09:23 AM   #24
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I work 50 hours per week.

I work as a Civil Engineer, so luckily my job is no longer physical. It was much harder when I was starting out, I had to run everywhere, but now it's mostly building site management.

I've only had 8 weeks off sick in total over the last 14 years and 5 of those were just before Christmas.
07-12-2009, 04:58 PM   #25
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I'm currently working 15 hours a week, 3 hours 5 nights. I have in the recent past worked up to 45 hours a week but had big problems with my bosses so got myself moved. I have found my new hours much nicer and easier but still difficult during a flare up.
07-13-2009, 09:42 AM   #26
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I average 60 - 100 hrs per week.
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07-13-2009, 01:32 PM   #27
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When I was healthy, I usually did around 25 hours a week plus school. Then I went out of work for a while. And now I'm taking it easy, because I'm still not in what I would call a full remission, so I just work 15-20 hours a week. And then once school starts, I'll probably just concentrate on school work.
07-14-2009, 05:44 AM   #28
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I work 30 hours a week. 7.5 hrs a day, Monday to Thursday. I used to work 5 days but I don't think I could go back to that right now. Feel so awful at the moment it is a struggle to work the 4 days.
Diagnosed with Crohns Disease June 2007


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10-31-2009, 11:41 AM   #29
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i do pretty much 40 hrs every week, with the occasional 1-2 hours overtime. I work at a paint and solvent company making and filling batches. I hate this job so much, but it has health insurance, so for now nothing I can do. Really trying to get back into school to finish my degree. Nothing like a shitty job to get you motivated.
10-31-2009, 12:06 PM   #30
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I am on disability right now. Not well enough to work. when I was working it was around 60-70 hour weeks and full time school. When I graduated I put in more hours and then started to go downhill again. (blockage, and hospital stays from flare ups) Too many hours each week continuously got me sick.

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