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Kythe
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   Posted 8/5/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone here have problems with getting exhausted from either driving a car or just plain riding in one?

This happens with me, I don't know why but just being in the car for more than half an hour and sometimes less than that tends to make me sleepy whether I'm the driver or a passenger.

Is this just related to the whole fatigue problem that comes with fibromyagia? It just seems to odd because driving a car is not very physically demanding and being a passenger is even less so.
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Ginny
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   Posted 8/6/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kythe,
 
Driving a car is mentally demanding though.  Even that kind of stressor put on us can make driving very difficult and make our fibro more active.  I have a lot of fatigue after a long day of driving around. It's the amount of energy I'm putting into the "defensive driving mode".  So, I think your totally normal to be feeling poorly after driving. Also, if it's hot outside and the sun is beating in the windows, that can add to the fatigue.  I usually drive with my air conditioning on to keep me alert.  I always have a bottle of water with me too.
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Kythe
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   Posted 8/6/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok so that does explain why driving would be exhausting. I'm still not sure why being a passenger would be so exhausting as well. My mother recently had her hip replaced and the hospital and rehab center were both pretty far from home. I didn't do any of the driving because I knew I couldn't handle it so my sister drove. Those trips back and forth almost everyday left me feeling almost as exhausted as I would have been if it had been me driving.

I know the heat can be a problem for me as well. I rarely go anywhere without my water bottle and I always have the air-conditioning on in the car during hot days.
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   Posted 8/6/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it has to do with the situation at hand, but most importantly from sitting in one position for a long time. I had problems the same as you. Even when being a passenger. So it is just another fibro issue that we have to live with. Try stretching when you can and shifting positions now and then. Even stopping to get out to stretch and move around can help.

Good luck to you,
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Kythe
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   Posted 8/6/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestions, I'll keep it in mind.
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   Posted 8/6/2008 10:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Kythe, stress plays into this too.  Even though  you were a passenger, you were in a stressful situation with your Mom and her broken hip. 
 
Try to relax and be as positive as you can.  I think that you are thinking about this too much and it is affecting you.
 
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   Posted 8/6/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Kythe, When I would drive to work, I would always hit this one spot about 10 min from my house - all I would do is yawn and wish I was back in bed. I was so knocked out. I usually drive no more than 20 min from my house, longer than that and I'm beat. As far as being a passenger in the car, believe me my eyes are watching same as when I drive. It doesn't matter who is driving, DH or my children, my eyes are constantly 'ON'. Sitting in the car for too long, My legs get twitchy, my back hurts and burns and I need to be out - claustrophobic, I guess. I get very tired from driving and riding and sometimes I get lost in transit. It makes for a fun outting.

Hope your mother is doing well. Glad you're doing the a/c and the water bottle, also leave a bit earlier, so you can take a break or two during the ride, maybe a quick walk or a cup of coffee. Hope you're having a good day.  God bless.  Alice.


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   Posted 8/6/2008 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever stopped to think about all the muscles we use when driving or riding in a car??? My upper neck is a major source of pain for me and I know driving or even riding in the car with all the stopping, starting and turning of the head to watch out for everyone else has me in pain in no time. Our muscles automatically react to everything without us even thinking about it. I never thought about it til I got fibro. We use energy even when we don't know we are using energy.
 
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