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Fibromyalgia travel advice and tips

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Traveling with Fibromyalgia

If you have fibromyalgia, then traveling to any destination can be a nightmare. The fatigue, insomnia, pain, stiffness and other issues are exacerbated by travel. However, there are steps you can take to reduce your discomfort and make the trip easier.


One of the most important aspects of traveling while you suffer from fibromyalgia is to have a careful plan and create rest periods throughout the itinerary. It is crucial not to push yourself beyond normal limitations, so flares do not occur. You should focus on making arrangements ahead of time to avoid bad surprises.

Instead of booking hotel rooms, you may want to consider getting a short-term apartment or rental because it will offer you more freedom. LondonEscape points out you can select a room on the ground floor and avoid the elevators or stairs. Rentals usually have their own kitchens, so you can prepare your own meals without relying on expensive room service or being forced to expend your energy by going to a restaurant.

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Tour groups are still a popular way to see a destination, but they can have exhausting itineraries. If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you may want to avoid tour groups completely or carefully choose one that is willing to accommodate you. The guides should understand your illness, and the schedule should provide enough breaks to help you rest. In addition, if you use a wheelchair or scooter, you will want to check that the tour is designed to handle them.

While you are packing for a trip, you may want to consider bringing comfort aids that may not be easy to find as you travel. Do you have a favorite neck pillow? Will you need your special heating pad? In addition to packing your medications, you will want to consider items such as pillows, heating pads, cushions and others.

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