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Old 05-26-2012, 03:31 AM
 
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I haven't been able to google much,but I'm talking 80+ hours a week.
I know what it does for appearance(looking tired,dark circles,looking older) but I also hear it causes heart attacks.
Yet,I see people who have been working for years that way,and they are fine health wise.
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:32 AM
 
Location: Back in MADISON Wi thank God!
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I suppose it depends. What causes the health problems is stress. If someone loves and thrives on their job, maybe they are not stressed by that lifestyle. If someone is working that much unwillingly, it is stressful.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Cartersville, GA
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I suppose it depends. What causes the health problems is stress. If someone loves and thrives on their job, maybe they are not stressed by that lifestyle. If someone is working that much unwillingly, it is stressful.
Agreed; stress is perhaps the biggest problem with overworking. Depending on the nature of the job, other problems such as muscle aches, carpel tunnel, etc. would also be concerns.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Ostend,Belgium....
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I ruined my health working 80 and more hours a week plus trying to run a household and so on...not ever having enough sleep is dangerous..I couldn't think straight, walked into walls, cried at the drop of a hat because I was worn out all the time. Felt I had no life and became very depressed. Even if you like your job, too much of anything is never good.Now I have carpal tunnel,arthritis, fibromyalgia,...and I'm not old but feel 80 some days
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:16 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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It didn't take 80 hrs/wk. to wipe me out, but then I was a single Mom with many other responsibilities besides work and going to school. I believe I suffered from Adrenal Fatigue which went untreated because it's really not recognized by allopathic doctors, all they found was my thyroid being slow which is a result of exhausted adrenals, and as a result of that I couldn't even tolerate thyroid meds. Through the years I've had different symptoms and a few times I've taken adrenal support supplements but although they have helped I haven't returned to normal anymore, now I feel like Humpty Dumpty. I recently had the 2nd thyroiditis attack in the past year and I had extreme adrenal fatigue symptoms too, truly horrible and again, I'm going to have to treat myself as going for medical help proved to be a complete waste of time. So, no I do not recommend to anyone to work so much.

Not long ago, I read an article on the subject as a matter of fact, although I can't remember exactly where, it may have been here.
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Old 05-31-2012, 03:28 AM
 
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I haven't been able to google much,but I'm talking 80+ hours a week.
I know what it does for appearance(looking tired,dark circles,looking older) but I also hear it causes heart attacks.
Yet,I see people who have been working for years that way,and they are fine health wise.
Where to start? Yes, you can develop heart issues from being totally exhausted; depends on how physical your job is, how stressful it may be, if you are eating right and sleeping enough to compensate for the hours you are putting in.

When my son was in college, I worked two full time jobs. I worked in an office from 8-5 then rushed home, changed and went to work for 8 more hours at a convenience store. When I would get home from the convenience store, I would be wide awake and not able to get to sleep until after 2am..back up at 5am to get ready for my regular job. I got sick, almost lost my regular job and got robbed at the convenience store at gunpoint..UGH..I quit the second job and leaned harder on my ex for money for my son to be in college.

As long as your health holds out and you can recognize the symptoms of extreme fatigure I don't see an issue with working a lot of hours; however know this...your health is more important than all the extra cash you can possibly make and I think you know that!
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:11 AM
 
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The negative stress at my job brought about high blood pressure, insufficient sleep (waking up just about every hour or so). My doctor put me on bp meds which helped a lot and advised it was stress-related. Fortunately I retired and now my bp is at a healthy range; I sleep much better and feel younger now than I have for decades.

If one is working 80 hours a week, where is the balance of home life/family time?

I love the phrase: Like your job - love your life. It is very true.
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