Travel tips for fibromyalgia sufferers

Tips for Vacationing Fibromyalgia Sufferers

 If you have received a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and have been living with its symptoms for some time, you are well aware of how difficult it can be to summon the energy for daily activities.

If you enjoy travel, either for business or pleasure, traveling with Fibromyalgia presents some evident challenges. Because Fibromyalgia flareups are so unpredictable and can be aggravated by stress, it is plain to see why traveling can be especially difficult for you or a loved one that suffers from Fibromyalgia.

When you or a loved one travel, there can be a lot of stress related to making flights on time, coordinating with the hotels you or they will be staying at, worry related to your home’s security while you or they are away, and perhaps the security of your or their children or loved ones that have stayed behind.

There are some things that you can do before you travel to help to ensure that your business or pleasure trip goes off without a hitch.

Travel Tips & Strategies

Preparation

As a Fibromyalgia suffer, it is especially important to extensively plan ahead. Make sure that you know your itinerary like the back of your hand. Double check your hotel reservations, car rentals, and anything else that you can double or triple check prior to leaving for your vacation.

Making sure that everything is in line before you to take your trip can spare you a sizable amount of stress and grief.

Communication

If you are  traveling with other people, do not hesitate to communicate to them what your limitations and comfort levels are.

They may be able to do more in a day than you are able to. There’s nothing wrong with going back to the hotel to rest up while others go on to another activity for the day. This communication process should occur throughout the trip, as well as before you leave, to manage expectations of the other people that will be accompanying you on your vacation.

The worst thing that can happen is for your travel companion to be surprised that you have some limitations. It’s always best to be clear and upfront before undertaking a potentially stressful endeavor like national or overseas travel.

Pack Wisely

Although it is very fashionable and often times convenient to pack light, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t include in your luggage some of your favorite pain-management tools. If you have a gel seat cushion that you find particularly comfortable, take it with you! If you have an aromatherapy kit that provides you some relief, pack that as well! You get the idea. Taking these items will help to ensure that your trip is as comfortable as possible for you.

Rest Ahead

Before you go on your trip, make sure that you get plenty of rest. More than usual. Preparing for a trip by resting will provide you with some additional stores of energy while you are on vacation. And, after you are back from your trip, you will require some additional rest as well.

A common rule of thumb is if you are away for two weeks, it is wise to take it especially easy for two weeks after you are back home. While you’re traveling, it’s also smart to pay particular attention to your energy levels. Take explicit care to manage the balance between activity and rest while you are away.

Even if this is a small excursion, it’s wise to get into the practice of managing your recovery schedules, especially when jetlag enters the picture.

Final Thoughts

Whether you are planning a retirement trip to Italy or just a weekend excursion to the Hamptons, take stock of the recommendations we outlined above. Manage your rest and relaxation schedule, communicate with your travel companions, plan ahead, and make sure that you take some of your items from home that provide you pain relief.

We at chronicpaindisorders.com wish you a happy and successful vacation!

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