Chronic pain doesn't have to keep you confined at home. With a little planning and a few precautions, it's possible to plan a trip that's both smooth and enjoyable.
A doctor's visit first
Before traveling, the best place to start is your doctor's office. Before making arrangements, talk to your doctor about your trip. Ask your doctor's opinion about:
-Your physical condition and any limitations
-Which medicines to take with you
-What medical equipment to bring
-How to find medical help at your destination
-Best methods of travel to use
Find a travel expert
Some travel agencies specialize in helping physically challenged travelers. Travel agents can arrange to have wheelchairs and other equipment for you. They can also make sure that you have proper access at airports or other terminals.
Ask travel agents about:
-Transportation and travel services to meet your physical needs. Even people who don't use wheelchairs may need to avoid extra steps and obstacles.
-Special arrangements for car rentals, transportation within the airport, and special seating or meals.
-The timing of a trip to reduce your chance of getting overtired.