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Travelling overseas and pain management

Sep 28, 2017 6:15 PM

I am off to Vietnam in 6 days and would love to hear any tips anyone has that will assist me on my travels.
I am armed with pain meds (with letter from doctor), have exercises from physio, comfy shoes, having 3 rounds of spinal injections starting today and just praying for the best. Wish me luck 😎

Sep 29, 2017 10:19 AM

That picture is how i feel every day. I have never been overseas, but i have been away from home. The best i advice i can give you considering i have never been in your situation is to try to keep up with your progress. Do not gibe up on your exercises and anything else you came armed with. Remember you are stronger than your pain.
I wish i could be more of help.

Best of wishes!

Sep 29, 2017 3:38 PM

Thanks for responding @spidermanrosie 😊.. the last trip I had was horrendous as the pain completely took over by the 2nd week. Of course flying is a huge part of exacerbating pain levels so will walk around as much as I can. Thankfully the doctor is coming in on his day off the day before my flight to do my final round of injections...blessed really!

Sep 29, 2017 8:24 PM

Make sure you take an extra week of medication just in case you get stuck there or something out of the normal happens. Good luck and try to enjoy yourself.

Sep 30, 2017 5:03 AM

Yes good tip LMB unfortunately ny doc won't prescribe any more til I get back. Thankfully you can get just about any drug you need over there. As long as you can pronounce it 😊

Sep 30, 2017 3:55 PM

A little pillow! To put behind the back/under the but/under the feet

Sep 30, 2017 4:18 PM

You can also let the flight attendant know that you suffer from chronic pain so you might need to get up more often and a lot of times they can be really accommodating. The last flight I was on I was sick and in soooo much pain and the flight attendant was sooooo kind and gave me oxygen so I didn't feel as sick. I would also make sure to bring or buy vitamin c so you don't get sick there. I always get sick on trips which makes my pain worse.

Oct 01, 2017 2:27 AM

Thanks @magi I am all set with a pillow. My physio also recommended that for under my thighs as well to take pressure off my lower back.
@jessiejag I will let the flight attendants know about my chronic pain..I never really thought about doing that..didn't want to impose but then if they don't know how can they help me 😎

Oct 11, 2017 2:25 AM

I have spondylitis and scoliosis both of which I have had major surgery for. But I didn’t let it stop me from going to San Francisco two years ago. If you get in touch with the airline that you are flying with and let them know that you need help and you can have a wheelchair that will take you to the plane and when you arrive the other in a wheelchair will be waiting for you to take you through customs from there on in its up to you but you can do this on the return journey as well. Just explain to the airline exactly what your problems are and they will deal with it. I flew with BA and they were amazing. Hope you have an awesome time.

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