How to survive a road trip?

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   Posted 4/2/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
My family wants to go to Colorado for vacation this summer.  We like to really plan ahead.
We went last year (2 days of driving) and it just about killed me.  My legs hurt so bad from sitting for so long.  I am dreading doing this again, but hubby thinks I'll be fine.
  I have a feeling he's going to win here.  So, I need to find a way to endure this road trip.  We really can't afford plane tickets for 4. 
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   Posted 4/2/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Make sure you take lots of breaks. Tell hubby that if you're going to make this trip, he's going to have to be willing to stop every couple of hours so that you can stretch out. Also, see if you can find one of those car adaptable massage/heating pads that go over your car seat. I find those to be a big help on long trips.
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   Posted 4/2/2009 2:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree frequent stops are your friend. So are the instant air activated heating patches. I use these when I can't have my heating pad along to help with muscle aches and soreness. Also, bring your favorite slippers or socks to have on in the car, no sense confining your feet to shoes if you don't have to. I usually wear my slip on shoes and kick them off as soon as I get settled. I'm heading out for a 6 hour drive in a week, and I am slightly dreading it. Hope you can get through your trip ok :)
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   Posted 4/2/2009 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I find car trips almost unbearable because I have such pain in the 'sits' bone area. shakehead   In fact it was a road trip last summer from Ca. to Colorado which finally convinced me to see a dr.  5 cortisone shots helped and then the search began to find the cause.  Fibro, of course, with lots of arthritis too.  I do use one of the back massagers that you can plug into the car.  I also have small pillows which I sit on or scrunch behind my back.  I also take my shoes off and wear very comforable clothes.  You really need to stop and walk around and stretch frequently.  I've also used those OTC pain patches for arthritis.  We are probably going to make the trip again this summer.  I hate to give up anything for this crummy fibro.  I think I will ask my dr. for something stronger for pain just in case.  I hope you decide to go and have a good time. yeah


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   Posted 4/2/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -7)   
If you have leather seats, turn on the heat for them. It really helps me to sit on heat while we drive. Most trips still knock me out for a couple of days.
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   Posted 4/2/2009 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Colorado! I am jealous, that is where I am from and all my family is. I live in New Hampshire now and it is a very hard drive. I too have a problem with my tailbone and right leg, the neroulogist said my legs don't go 90 degrees sitting and they go into spasms. So I switch sitting in the back so I can stretch out my legs, or lay down. I also bring this thing called a backivator, I got it at the chiropractors office. It takes the pressure off my tailbone, but i still have to bring something to scrunch under my leg to take the pressure off. I double up on my ibprofens and take my pain meds. Then I pray. Really I feel for you I think i will take some of the advice I've read here for myself. I miss driving and I would love to go home.
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   Posted 4/2/2009 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I too have a train trip at the end of the month. Doing the train so I can get up and walk around. But in my seat for this or car or bus I have one of those triangle seat cushions, a neck cushion and a head pillow, lol. I also put my feet up so there is less strain on my tailbone and back of my legs. Stopping every two hours fo fifteen minutes really helps. I wish you luck and hope you can find a way to not hurt so much on the trip.
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   Posted 4/3/2009 6:51 AM (GMT -7)   

great tips!  I had never heard of the heat patches.  I will definitely look for those.

Baloo, we used to live in Vermont.  My son was born in NH at Dartmouth.  What a beautiful place.

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   Posted 3/29/2012 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
My travel limit in a car (or plane) is pretty much 3 hours at a time. My husband is making us drive from Mass to Central Florida for Vacation in April and I'm a nervous wreck about it. We just drove 3 hours total today and I ended up with a Fibro exacerbation. UGH! I don't know how I'm gonna do this and he just dosen't seem to care! I am so upset!

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   Posted 3/29/2012 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I can barely handle my 2 hour commute to the hospital with my oncologist. We stop 3-5 times, because I get to the point where I need to stand. I also bring a cushion with me and a blanket and a travel pillow. I also bring poor mans heating pad (rice in a sock) and heat it up. I do know there is those thermal heat patches now. And make sure to bring a muscle relaxer.
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