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I can totally relate. Give yourself a break! There is no way you can focus when you're in pain...the only thing you can do is take care of yourself! That doesn't mean have a pity party; i mean get your disease under control. If you need to take a short team medical leave and can, do it. If you take the time to get better, don't run yourself ragged and have compassion for yourself, you will see it's ok to take a break from whatever you need to get better. Once you are feeling better, which may include lighter exercise, more sleep, a visit to your doctor, and good nutritional counseling, you can begin to feel motivated again. I recommend also this book/cd that made everything soooo much easier when I was in constant pain: "FULL CATASTROPHE LIVING" by John Kabat Zinn. It's a meditation program for people in medical crisis, but works even when things are better. I got through grad school while I had a terrible intestinal infection and flare up using this book. It's a miracle I did it.
I promise your focus and drive will return when you FEEL BETTER.
Engage your friends, family, doctors, HR, whoever you need to make your life easier. It's such a tough thing to do when you're a motivated, driven active person (like me) to admit you need to take it down a notch and take care of yourself. You can only take care of others when you are taken care of and healthy.
Hang in there! And let me/us know what else you need. Just talking here seems to help.
Been there, done that and lived to tell.