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   Posted 4/30/2010 6:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone else flare after traveling in a car for a length of time?
It seems that if I have to ride for more than a few hours I flare the next day.
We traveled about 5 hours (with a few stops) the other day to visit my ill mother in law and the next day I wanted to die.  I slept the clock around and was basically miserable for a few days.  Just wondering how others respond to car travel?   scool   

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   Posted 4/30/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Car rides are horrible for me! I live in a small town in Nebraksa and it takes an hour to just get to walmart to go grocery shopping. By the time I drive there do the shopping and drive home I am hurting so bad. My doctor suggests stopping and getting out to walk around every 15 to 30 minutes of driving. I know that isn't always possible but it does seem to help.
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   Posted 4/30/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I get out and walk around about every 1 1/2 hours on trips.  I also have a lumbar support pillow that I use that helps me a lot.  But, I'm never eager to go on long car trips.
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   Posted 4/30/2010 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, car rides are horrible for me too. I really try to never go on more than a 4-5 hour trip. Unless we fly, which is rare, I try to limit my vacations (which are also rare, lol) to no more than 4-5 hours away.

I also take frequent breaks and bring pillows. And, of course, I try to let someone else drive!
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   Posted 4/30/2010 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I dread car trips and soon will be going on a 3 day trip from Ca to Mo. I use various small pillows to sit on and/or use for back support. I usually am flaring pretty bad by the second day on the road. It takes me a long time to recover from this long of a trip. Flying is not an option for me either. I get so stiff in those horrible seats. At least in the car I can move around and stop to walk around when ever I want.
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   Posted 4/30/2010 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I do horribly on long car rides.  I haven't been on a trip longer than 3 hours in several years but the three hours itself is horrible for me even if we stop to stretch and walk a bit.  My husband is wanting to take a trip to Florida in the fall and that would be at least a 7 hour trip and I am not wanting to.  We'll see.....

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   Posted 4/30/2010 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone have problems flying? We go to Hawaii every few years and it takes me almost a week to recover. I get super fatigues severe swelling in my legs and that general sick flu like feeling. I'd love to go to europe but am terrified of the effect it might have on my body.
Is this part of jet lag?
Car trips are the same for me as you all described above.

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   Posted 4/30/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
If I'm the passenger on long car trips, I'll take a muscle relaxer before I leave home.
We make frequent stops so I can stretch. I try to make myself as comfortable as I can and
wear "feel good" clothes, bring something I can elevate my feet with and make sure my
car seat is adjusted just right. I always bring a good collection of CD's. Music always makes
me feel good. Keeping hydrated is important too.
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   Posted 5/1/2010 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Damouthy1 (heh, fun name btw), I'm curious about the chronic daily headaches. I always wake up with one or it develops a few hours after I've been awake. And it seems to occur daily. I tend to get more migraines during allergy season (and that's 'cause I put off taking allergy medicine until I know my allergies are kicking up). Still, I'm not trying to make a new thread, just curious about what chronic daily headaches would be.
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   Posted 5/1/2010 2:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm with CrazyKitty...yes, I have pain, but I do my best to minimize it by getting out of the car and stretching, taking a muscle relaxant (I rarely drive) and listening to music or a book on tape.

I'm lucky in that I'm quite short (5'2"), so I can "stretch" in the car while well as doing various ankle rolls, leg stretches, etc. to keep me from becoming too stiff. My hubby makes sure we stop lots if I need it, and we always allow ourselves extra time if we have to be somewhere by a certain time. Otherwise, we just relax and enjoy the's really all anyone can do.

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   Posted 5/1/2010 7:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Joie...I have headaches from when I wake up until I go to bed. I always have some head pain. Right now my meds keep it to around a 2 on the pain scale but it is always there. I have had this since I was in a car accident when I was 18, I got to the point after seeing all kinds of specialists that nobody could help me and I just had to learn to deal with it. I took tylenol all day long to take the edge off. It wasn't until I was diagnosed with fibro recently that my doctor told me she thinks the fibro is to blame. I know when I flare my headaches get worse too.
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   Posted 5/1/2010 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   
oh gosh yes ... plane trips are bad too.

I'm usually ok if I'm the passenger, cause I can shift positions, but driving for more than 2-3 hours kills me.
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