Chronic pain should not stop you from having fun, taking a vacation, and exploring our world! Consider these tips to help you have your best trip possible as you work to live your best life – even with chronic pain.
In the Know: Before you go, make sure that you understand the layout of your land. Check into where your hotel is in regards to a pharmacy or urgent care, just in case you may need to have a prescription filled or need to see a doctor. Knowing that you have help nearby should help relieve your traveling anxiety. It is also good to see how far you may need to walk or plan to have help driving around by scheduling a car service or rental car.
A well-packed bag: Have a checklist when you are putting your bag together so that you do not forget any medication that you need, comfortable clothes and shoes, and essential items that are part of your treatment plan. A neck pillow, heating pad, icy-hot cream, and other treatment options can help if you have a flare-up.
Good rest: Leading up to your travel day, go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep. Rest is also very important when you are on your vacation. Schedule in downtime amongst your itinerary, so that you can relax and take a nap as needed. Make sure you get some good rest on your trip as well.
Eat and drink: Stay hydrated with lots of water, especially if you are in a warmer climate than usual. Getting dehydrated can prompt chronic pain to flare up. Eat as close to your regular balanced diet while you are out and about as well. Focus on fresh fruits and vegetables as well as healthy protein. Have fun and splurge, but be mindful of how much and what you are eating.
Speak up: If you are traveling with others who are not family or friends, make sure you talk about your chronic pain, so they are in the know and can help if needed. Also, you want your travel companions to understand if you have limitations or may need to break away from the fun to take a break.
Get outside and get moving: Connecting with nature can help your mindset while you are traveling if you begin to feel anxious about possible pain flare-ups. Absorbing sunshine is good for the body and soul if you are in a warm spot. Squeezing in some activities outside will also reap many benefits. Try not to let your pain stop you from enjoying new experiences.
Our team of physicians can discuss any additional avenues to take before, during, and after your vacation if you are a chronic pain patient. We are happy to answer your questions, address your concerns and review your current condition. Connect with us through our online contact form.
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