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    • CommentAuthorTwig
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2017
    Hi there- just hoping to get some feedback on what kinds of employment people on this forum find they can tolerate while managing SS. I currently have a very stressful job working as an underwriter for a mortgage company and I'm finding that every year is becoming more and more difficult with the amount of stress I have to deal with on a daily basis while trying to manage my symptoms (fatigue and brain fog are the worst things I struggle with at work).Not working right now is not an option for me, unfortunately, and I'd love to move into doing something less stressful but, this being all I've known for 9 years, I have no idea what to do or where to go. I just know I can't do this job much longer without suffering worsening health. The thing is, what I'm doing is a known evil and I'm apprehensive about exploring something else that may seem better but ends up being worse. I'm curious what others do for work and would love to hear from anyone who is working full-time and doing fairly well... maybe even likes their job? Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'm not looking to make a killer salary- I just want a job that won't kill me faster than this weird condition.

    I'm so sorry for your suffering. I don't have a specific job to suggest, but I want you to consider something. Is the fatigue and brain fog greater at work than elsewhere? For me it was. I do better in fresh air than anywhere else. Consider that it may be something that you are breathing at work. There are many printed things that trigger brain fog for me. Fragrances trigger my symptoms as well. The mechanism is by way of the trigeminal nerve (a sensory nerve). You also have nerves in your chest that are activated by things that you smell. For me this caused fatigue.
    I and others on this sight have written by TRP receptors. Salicylates activate TRPA1.
    There wouldn't likely be specific research regarding the breathing of aspirin, but there is research regarding methyl salicylate and we know that it activates TRPA1. (wikipedia says that a single teaspoon (5 ml) of methyl salicylate contains approximately 6 g of salicylate, which is equivalent to almost twenty 300 mg aspirin tablets. Methyl salicylates are used in a number of fragrances. Make sure that you are using unscented products.

    If you are sensitized to Salicylates, you are likely, or may also be, sensitized to all other TRPA1 activators that you breathe. Taking Symbiort helped significantly with my fatigue. The doctor gave me this even though my original tests did not show that I had reactive airways. Years later I did test positive for reactive airways. You can use the search feature on this sight and read other things written about TRP channels.