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go to work... I get chest pain /axiety attack!

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hi,as soon as I think to go to work I get chest pain /axiety attack, I grind my teeth and I feel tired. But I can't really effort to loose my job. what should I do? Healthwise I feel miserable. I'm sick with -(cold sore, flu)-the last three weeks. 2 month Prior to that I couldn't sleep very well. Just 3-4 hours. I would wake up 2am every day.
I'm very concerned about my decreasing health. Shoulder and backpain are also syptoms I have. Is it really worth to keep a job or should I just quit and take care of myself? I need to makea decision by Monday, since I already talked to my boss about my stress. But the deadline by monday creates more axiety.


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replied April 3rd, 2011
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Hello.

As long as you know what your goal is, the decision making will be easy for you. We obviously can't suggest you a particular option to choose from. But you may need to consider the impact your health is having on your job.

If you are not able to take care of your health, including stress and anxiety, and if that is affecting your job functioning, then you should think what makes more sense. What can help you take a decision is to figure out what is more important for you at this stage in life. Also, if you choose to go one way, will you be able to take care of the other aspect later? That is, if you choose to continue with the job, will you be able to manage your health well? And if you leave the job for taking care of yourself, will you be able to find another job later?

I hope you are able to read this reply before the deadline. It seems you are anxious about the job as well. You may need to examine your willingness to work. Try to compare your work enthusiasm now with that when you first started the job. Are they the same? Or is there a decline? And if there is a decline, can you identify why so?

Your reasons for continuing the job should be weighed against the reasons for leaving the job. Try to see what's "more important". Quite often, "urgent" things push you to take decisions, and those urgent things later turn out to be "not important". In your current situation, try to figure out what looks urgent and then see if it is really important or not. I guess if you go with what is "important", even if it may not look urgent right now, you will find a long term benefit.

Hope this helps.

Abhijeet Deshmukh, MD


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