Travelling in a car

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Hi, I suffer extremely with pain and stiffness when travelling in a car to the level we are confined to a 45min car travel distance from our home to go on holiday.  If we travel that far I will then suffer the following 2 days to the point I can't go out with the family.

Do any of you have some suggestions of how I could travel without suffering please? I have severe M.E. and Fibromyalgia. Also I have Functional Movement Disorder.

My husband has a works overnight stay with partners invited in 4 weeks time. He really would like me to go as there are only a few of them.  I really want to go but it's 40mins away with the evening meal on the same day as we travel down there. I'm thinking of asking the doctor for a mild sedative with the hope that the travelling won't ruin me going to the meal. Anybody tried sedatives?

Any advise would be greatly appreciated xx

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    Hello, I can't travel long distances. But to help me get through it, I travel for 20mins then get out of the car and walk around.Also on some stops have a drink as well as a stroll. It helps me no end with the pain. Try it, every 20/30 mins it should help you.
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      Hi Anne, thanks. I have tried stopping to stretch my legs but must admit not for long. Maybe on this trip coming up we will try drink stops. It's difficult when you know how much longer you still have to go to add 20 min stops in as well.  I feel like I'm dragging it out fo everyone. 

      Have you tried those heated, vibrating car seat covers or know anyone who has?

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      Hi Julie

      I know it will make your journey longer having regular stops, but in the long run; for you it will be worth Give it a try. Yes I have had one of those heated/vibrating car pads..Brilliant..Mine got used that much, its now not working. I will replace it soon. Have a good day if you can..

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      Hi Julie! I've just managed to survive a long journey from where I live in W Sussex to Wales for our annual holiday. The only way I did it was by sleeping in the back and taking pain killers. Mind you having said that its been "Pay back time" ever since we arrived home. I hope you find something that works for you  C x
    • Posted

      Hi Celia, sleeping tablets might be an option. I'm already on the maximum pain kills they want me on, in fact they want me to cut them down but I can't sad  xx
    • Posted

      That's good to hear re the car pad. Heat is my best pain relief and I thought the vibrations might be able to distract me from the pain. Think I'll get ebay watching. smile Thanks xx
  • Posted

    Hi Julie,

    I'm also no good with journeys! If you can get the heat pad, recline the chair, and take rest breaks, then hopefully you'll be telling us about the evening on here soon.

    Best wishes


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    Hi Julie, so glad you posted this question as I have M.E. and other problems and I have a daughters wedding to go to next year with a 5 hour car journey to get there!  We've factored in lots of rest stops and are going there with a days grace so I can rest in bed the day before. However must admit I'm nervous about the travelling as I get out very infrequently at home.  I too wondered if sedatives might help but I'm also definitely going to invest in a heated car seat now after the advice.

    Do hope you manage to enjoy yr family meal, socialising is a major problem If you are anything like me. I totally love it....but am devastated this illness robs us of so much of that part of life.

    Best of luck,


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      I have bought a heated / massage car seat yesterday on ebay and today's email say it has now been posted.  Really looking forward to trying it out, this one can be used in the car and it has an adaptor to use it in the house.  I bought an electric heating pad too which arrived yesterday.  Tried it out whilst my back was hurting and it did seem to help.  I usually use a microwave heated wheat bag but they do smell so much.  I was concerned that the hotel room will not have a microwave of course so wanted to find a plug in type. 

      Forever seem to be on the hunt to relieve the pain.  If I rest the Fibromyalgia pain gets me, if I keep active the M.E. pain gets me.Stuck in the life of pain sad But hopefully one day the pain will go smile

      Thanks, Yvonne 

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