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Tips for travel?

Jan 07, 2015 11:15 PM

So, I am traveling by plane for a wedding in about a week and a half. I am a little (ok very) anxious about sitting on a plane for four hours as sitting for more than 30 minutes brings on pain for me, let alone 4 hours. The wedding is the day after the flight and I'm in the wedding.

Basically, this feels like a recipe for pain. My current combination of meds (norco, diclofenac and gabapentin) hasn't been controlling my pain well and does nothing for breakthrough pain. I do see my pain doctor next week so I will talk to him about it, but in the meantime, does anyone have any tips for travel? Things I can take to help with pain, pillows that help, audiobooks that can distract, your favorite snacks, your spoonie travel checklist? I really appreciate your help!

Jan 08, 2015 12:23 AM

Get an isle seay so you can get up and pace the cabin every few minutes. I take my music and a book and try to ignore everything around me. If you have trouble with equalizing the pressure in your ears make sure you have gum to chew. If your carry-on has wheels feel free to take a travel pillow and such, mine is a backpack and I try not to carry too much on the plane because the trip through the airport is difficult. also it is good to be early so there is less stress about getting through security and getting to your gate. make sure all your drugs are on your carry on... i can't think of anything else. i find the airport the worst part of travelling, followed by the actual flight.

Jan 08, 2015 1:30 AM

I take a good neck pillow and a rolled up towel/ sweater to place by my lower back. I'm October I had a 5 he flight and I took a dose of my muscle relaxer ( I use zanaflex) there and back and it helped my back and made me a little sleepy so I could nap a little. Travel light so you don't have too much to carry and if possible use a backpack on wheels.

Jan 08, 2015 8:09 AM

Libedon, I will say a prayer for your trip. I also have problems with sitting (or standing, walking) too long. It makes me very stiff and sore when I do. I totally understand, and that's why I avoid car rides over 2 hours.

Jan 08, 2015 11:21 AM

You should be able to talk to airline personnel to make accommodations. Get on plane last and off first. Walk around or get up and move as needed. Comfort and distraction is my best advice. Maybe book an extra day to rest before event you will be attending.

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