What do you do to make car travel easier?

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cat8201
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   Posted 11/9/2009 11:20 PM (GMT -7)   
We are going on vacation to Orlando in March.  yes, i'm already dreading the drive from Arkansas to Orlando, when I cannot handle an hour long drive now.
 
My friend suggested today that I ask you guys for help.  My friend does not have fibro, but I thought it was a great idea.  So what do you do?  Do you stretch every half hour?  Use a wedge pillow behind lower back?  Do you put a massaging seat cover over the seat that will plug into the lighter?
 
Suggestions are greatly appreciated, my mom has fibromyalgia too, and she too, is supposed to take the trip.
27 yrs old-Fibromyalgia; PCOS; Surgery induced Menopause; Classic Migraines with Aura; Neuropathy; Ankylosing Spondylitis w/ narrowing around the spinal cord; Spinal Stenosis of the Cervical & Lumbar Spine; other little things
 
Medications for pain: Oxycontin; Soma **will update when change meds for sleep, etc.
 
Other treatment: Aquatic Therapy (still have to start); Sleep Study (need a sitter)


TreeBo
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   Posted 11/10/2009 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
When I drove to orlando from VA I had to make frequent stops to stretch. I also brought a heating pad to sit with. It helped with back and hip pain from sitting too long. On the way back I was so tired and in pain. I took some RX pain meds, wich I never do, and slept the whole way back. Hope you have a great Vacation.
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FunnyGurl
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   Posted 11/10/2009 5:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes Treebo had some good ideas. Also make sure you bring plenty of water do not want to become dehydrated. I also always take some zanax with me just in case I get to panicky or anxious. Some nice music or books on tape can make the time go by quicker and get your mind off the endless miles. Plan ahead of where you will stop overnight so you have a destination and not so nervous looking for a motel late at night when you are tired and sore.
Otherwise enjoy your trip to Orlando!!!

crazykitty
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   Posted 11/10/2009 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I no longer help with the driving on road trips and found that I cannot do the all day trips
anymore, my limit is around 4 hours. We plan on lots of stops to stretch. We also make sure we take some great music with us and pack some good snacks and plenty of water.

I bring a small wood crate to elevate my feet and make sure my seat is adjusted properly.
Sometimes I will take a muscle relaxer before we start our journey.

Have a great time in Orlando, it is a fun city!

Hugs

Robin
MCTD, Fibromyalgia, Raynauds, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Degenerative 
 Disc Disease, Hypertension, Migraines and Pseudothrombocytopenia MEDS: Methotrexate, Savella,Flexeril,Diltiazem, Boniva, Vitamins 


cat8201
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   Posted 11/10/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank u, it is still several months before we leave. My extended family is going to Disney World. I have 2 adopted brothers (from the state about a year ago), so my mom, dad, brothers, my son (who is the same age as one of his new uncles) & some cousins & 2nd cousins r going. I can't wait, I've wanted to take my son to Disney World since he was 3. Thank u all for your advise.
27 yrs old-Fibromyalgia; PCOS; Surgery induced Menopause; Classic Migraines with Aura; Neuropathy; Ankylosing Spondylitis w/ narrowing around the spinal cord; Spinal Stenosis of the Cervical & Lumbar Spine; other little things
 
Medications for pain: Oxycontin; Soma **will update when change meds for sleep, etc.
 
Other treatment: Aquatic Therapy (still have to start); Sleep Study (need a sitter)


Chartreux
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   Posted 11/10/2009 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
A small pillow behind your neck might help..frequent breaks, a heating pad for the car, plugs into the cig lighter...
a good book, just my 2 cents worth of advise, hope something will help, make sure you have a day to rest up, once
you get to Orlando, so you can enjoy the trip better..
Lots of soft hugz and I hope this trip goes easy on you...
(((((((((((((((((((((Cat)))))))))))))))))))))))))

hugz

WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 11/10/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I travel on planes quite often these days, so here's my list

Blanket
horseshoe travel pillow
eye mask
MP3 player with calming music
shoes that are easy to slip off
second pair of shoes that are comfy for walking in
actually do the "airplane stretches"
book to read

stop to walk around ... in the US, Walmarts are great for this. Also if you can, find a park to stop at. Some of the most beautiful sights I've seen have been encountered during a random rest break. These rest breaks will also help your driver stay fresh and alert.
Once I got to drive a car with heated seats oh wow it was awesome.
My parents once rented a motor home so that my mom could lay down while traveling.

WhiteChocChip
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   Posted 11/10/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
oh yeah if the car's relatively empty, you can get the back seat all to yourself... you can stretch your legs in various positions that way, I like ot alternate between sitting cross legged and stretching my legs across the entire seat.
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