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4/27/12 5:04 P

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I travel quite a bit by air and car and have found setting my phone alarm at 2 hr intervals is my key to success. When the alarm goes off I make sure I pull over and stretch a bit - flex my legs and feet - bend backward. If I'm on a plane I always sit on the isle and every two hours walk the isle. I go to the stewardess's area in the back and ask them if they would mind if I bend and stretch a little bit - they never have any trouble with that. I also take sure I take ibuprophen at minimum every 6 hrs to keep any swelling that could start brewing from starting. And of course I always make sure once I get to my destination I have built in extra sleep time. If traveling for business I fly in the day before and get a good nights sleep - I never fly late, just too taxing on me.

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3/25/12 1:16 A

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You can go to just about any pharmacy and get those emergency chemical ice packs. Use them once and toss them! No ice chest to worry about... no mess either!

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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3/24/12 11:35 P

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Thanks Kathy, Glad to have the suggestions. I have done most of these for several years as we do travel a lot. The ice and heat I use with & after massage therapy or when I have an "ache". The other night after playing cards all afternoon and then in the evening, my toes and part of my feet with the neuropathy, swelled and were hot. I took an ice pack and covered my toes alternating with the bottom of my feet and the swelling went down as the toes cooled. I don't often have an ice pack available when traveling which is the problem for me. I do take Lyrica twice a day which I know has helped some but not much. Keeping them elevated is the other solution that helps but again, hard to do when traveling so the walking and stretching is where I get the most relief.

Happy travels to all!! Even though we have discomfort/pain, travel takes one to amazing places. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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3/24/12 7:55 A

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There is one little exercise that may be doable--a foot flexing one. Just flexing and pointing your toes can release some of that static tension that builds up when you can't move too much. Along with the fibro, I have nerve damage from diabetes, and this is something my neural physical therapist suggested I do as often as I think about it every day, traveling or not! LOL

...it not only increases strength and flexibility in the muscles and joints, all the way to the hip if you do it lying down, it helps increase the circulation and decrease the possibility of blood clotting from lack of movement. I have found it doesn't do much for my knees in that kind of situation, but it certainly would not hurt to try, y'know? LOL

He also told me if I was taking a long driving trip, I should stop for ten to fifteen minutes out of every hour to walk for five minutes and stretch for five minutes (the legs and ESPECIALLY the rib area) and just BREATHE for the rest... He's very into me getting the oxygen moving... LOL I thought, every HOUR? But I tried it on a 150mile trip ( usually only around 3 hours...) I drove for 45 minutes and stopped for 15... Wow. I could hardly believe the difference... although I have to say that last stop I didn't want to get back in the van... unless it was to sleep! LOL

But then, at home I don't sit for more than about ten minutes at a time unless I'm asleep.
*giggle*

Since you're stopping every hour and a half or so anyway, you could try this kind of stuff... And you can try alternating ice and heat when you get to your destination. Or,If there's a pool--or better yet, a beach!-- where you're going, water "therapy" would definitely be on my list! LOL

Have a WONDERFUL time on your trip...

Kathy emoticon

Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 3/24/2012 (07:58)
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

Life comes in specific increments, which we receive as a gift of one moment at a time. That's why it's called


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3/23/12 9:45 P

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I wear a molded open toe sandal which is about the only "shoe" I can can stand on my feet.. As far as exercising in the truck (or car), when you are 6'1" and the legs are comfortably snug in the space provided between the seat & dash, trying to do leg lifts etc just can't be done. That is why we get out & walk as frequent as needed. Good suggestions though as I know a lot of people can give it a try.

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3/23/12 1:57 P

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Wear slippers, nothing that binds or holds your foot too tightly, really watch your sodium,,
if you are not driving, you can do leg lifts while sitting there, arm stretches , over your head, back and forth(without hitting the driver emoticon ).


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3/18/12 9:22 P

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We travel a lot with an especially long trip from MN. to the Tip of TX or Rio Grande Valley. We stop every 1 1/2 to 2 hours and like Carol, I walk, stretch and do what I can to ease the muscles. Our truck has lumbar supports built in which I have totally extended. I take extra pain meds. I have a DH that when he sees me "squirming" he is ready for a break :):) I do find if I drive, I have less pain that sitting in the passenger seat. We wonder if it is due to having my hands/arms extended which takes some pain from the back. My feet are also a big problem and I do what I can to cool them as they "burn" painfully when sitting. I would like to see if anyone has other ideas because we will be having more road time (retired and out camping).

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3/18/12 8:44 P

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3/18/12 6:35 P

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Hi, I recently took a trip to Az. and from there to Fla. and then back to Mich.I can only ride or drive for about 2 hr. and have to stop and get out and move. A little walking, a little streching, and then back to riding or driving.At the motel at night I would take a hot shower, walk a little and take a my meds for pain if I needed to. good luck on your ride and take your time if you can. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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3/18/12 6:34 P

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I use a lumbar support and a comfy seat cushion. I have prescription Lidoderm patches which I apply to each "cheek" and my lower back. I also take Tylenol before I leave (the only pain reliever I can take). I feel for you. Traveling is so painful.



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3/18/12 4:48 P

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I had to spend 7 hrs on the road Friday & 7+ on Saturday. Fri did pretty well, but yesterday was misery and I have to pretty much repeat the process next weekend so thought I'd look for some insight on things I might be able to try to make it more tolerable. THANKS!

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