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Traveling with Chronic Pain

How to Address Chronic Pain While on Vacation

When it comes to traveling, patients with chronic pain seem to have the most trouble with it. Even though getting a breath of fresh air and light exercise can be great for the body in both a physical and mental capacity, traveling can take a much greater toll. Traveling means there is a lack of personal space that is comfortable, long rides in a car or plane, little rest, etc. These factors can make traveling and vacations seem unrealistic. However, with the right, appropriate, planning a vacation can be a fun experience rather than an unpleasant one. 

Stock Your Supplements and Prescriptions Ahead of Time

One thing to avoid when planning for a vacation is to make sure you have enough prescription medication to last you the duration of the vacation. One thing to also remember is to give your healthcare provider enough notice in order to fill the medication, a good rule of thumb is at least 10 days before you are scheduled to leave for vacation.


Take Care of Your Feet

Taking our feet for granted is a very common occurrence for all. It isn’t until we have walked all over a city for a morning, with still half a day of plans to go, that we might experience sore feet. Feet have a very important role when it comes to supporting your spine. Summer sandals or cheap shoes can cause your feet to become sore fast when walking around for most of the day, this in turn can worsen your chronic pain. That is why it is highly recommended to invest in a good pair of sneakers or shoes that are made to help support your feet. 


Don’t Forget to Sleep

When on vacation it can be very tempting to want to do as much as possible for a long as possible. However when you sacrifice sleep you lose time that could be spent allowing you body to recover from the day, this could lead to increase in soreness or chronic pain. It is important to try your best to get those 8 hours of sleep a night which can also be done by taking naps during the day or not planning night time events. You don’t want to burn yourself out before the vacation is half way through.


Give Yourself Time

Many times when you take a vacation you plan your days packed with events. However there are often problems that come up while traveling, for example, traffic, delayed flights, long lines, etc. This can often lead to stress which will build up into tension of the muscles and joints that cause chronic pain to flare up.


Before planning an extended vacation, it is first important to understand why your discomfort is happening and how to treat it. Contact Pain Specialty Group here to learn how to manage your chronic pain so that you are able to take those nice vacations.

Aidan Fisher, Maureen Cassidy Pain Specialty Group

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