Question on Vacationing w/ fibro/cfs

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by mrpain, May 11, 2006.

  1. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    I'm actually going to take a short vacation, in a hotel on the beach with my family, for four days and three nights. There is a possibility of shortening it by one night if I need to.

    How do ya'll handle sleeping in a strange bed on vacations, with usely noises coming from the other hotel rooms, or people running down the halls during the night?

    Strange beds, uncomfortable beds, strange smells, all the noises, and our usual symptoms of fibro... That's just to name a few....

    I love being with my family and I love vacations... Sometimes it even gets my adrenalin going which is helpful; but I still have to deal with my reality with this DD...

    How do ya'll cope and make it work for you? One thing I'll try to do is relax at the pool and enjoy eating at different restaurants.. But that won't help me at night...
    Any advice is appreciated for the day or night!!
    [This Message was Edited on 05/11/2006]
  2. kel78

    kel78 Member

    I travel fairly frequently, so, if possible, I bring my body pillow with me. It doesn't guarantee a good night's sleep (not even in my own bed!), but it ups the likelihood of one. And I always take some magnesium before bed. Magnesium has helped my sleep more than any other supplement or drug.

    Best of luck and enjoy your vacation!

    Mary
  3. Maribelle

    Maribelle New Member

    I RECENTLY WENT ON A VACATION WITH MY FAMILY. WE WENT
    TO CABO SAN LUCAS, MEXICO. I WAS REALLY NERVOUS ABOUT
    THE FOOD, WATER, STRANGE BED, ETC. ETC. HOWEVER, I DID
    OKAY FOR THE MOST PART. THE FOOD WAS GREAT AND THE WATER
    WAS FILTERED (SUFFER FROM IBS TOO) SO NO UPSET STOMACH!
    THE BEACH WAS FABULOUS AND I DID NOT SEEM TO HAVE A REACTION.

    I TRIED TO RELAX AND HAVE FUN. THE ONLY THING THAT HAPPENED THAT I WISH I HAD NOT DONE WAS PARTICIPATE
    IN A WATER AEROBICS SESSION....CAUSED A MAJOR FLARE!
    FORTUNATELY, I DID THIS TOWARDS THE END OF THE TRIP.

    ON THE LAST DAY AND FLYING HOME...I WAS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE.
    I HAD PAIN AND ANXIETY. THE PLANE RIDE WAS A LITTLE BUMPY
    SO THIS CAUSED ME TO TENSE MY MUSCLES. WHEN WE ARRIVED
    HOME I WAS PRETTY MUCH IN A BAD FLARE AND IT TOOK OVER
    3-4 DAYS FOR ME TO FEEL BETTER.

    I WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN, BUT SKIP THE AEROBICS. IT WAS SO GREAT BEING WITH MY FAMILY IN A REALLY AWESOME PLACE.

    OH, YEAH, I DRANK LOTS OF WATER AND TOOK MAGNESIUM ALONG
    WITH ALL MY MEDS.

    HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL TRIP!

    MARIBELLE
  4. Toga

    Toga Member

    I take along a CuddleEwe Travel Mattress Pad, my own pillow, any meds I may need.

    I've had pretty good luck for a few days, then I get to hurting and it takes a while to recover once I'm home.

    But its worth it to get away and really have some fun.

    I think one of my problems is that I don't get my naps in. I find hotels are quieter during the night then during the day when I would like to nap.

    Good luck and have a wonderful time.

    Toga
  5. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    My guess is that most people just stay at home and vacation there.
  6. agcgmom

    agcgmom New Member

    We have been vacationing with a group of friends for the last few years. We always go somewhere warm and with a beach. I feel absolutely wonderful in the warm sun. I am careful about my activites though.(I learned the hard way) I have stayed at the resort while the rest, including my husband, will go sightseeing. I know I cannot tolerate that much. I take all my meds with me and cut some of the evening activities short. My sleep meds work just as good on vacation as they do at home. I take a few extra days off work when we return so that I can recouperate. I am already looking forward to next year! Have a great time and just take it easy!
  7. suzette1954

    suzette1954 New Member

    Its a 9 hr car trip and when we get there, I feel like Ive been hit by a truck. Last yr, I made the family stop more and that helped alittle bit. The pool is close to our condo(well not ours but I call it ours anyway) Im always the 1st one up and I go to the pool early and stay in the water for the most part and sometimes just float with the water. That seems to help. I always have to have my 2-3 hr nap everyday and then I can go back to the pool in the late afternoon and sometimes again before bedtime.

    We have been vacationing there for 8 yrs and I dont go to the beach the whole week. Its too hard for me walking in the sand, and I dont like to go into the ocean. Isnt that funny, to go to the beach and never go to it? I bring all of my pillows and hang a dark blanket over the window in our bedroom and that helps some. By the 3rd day, I starting to want to go home but I get by. My 27 meds takes up almost all of the vanity but hubby doesnt complain.

    Suzette
  8. carebelle

    carebelle New Member

    If you make your reservations early and explain to the Hotel you have some problems like with noise they usually will help you by putting you in a quiter place .
    I do not like going upstairs, so I always get a ground floor .No smoking room.We take our own pillows and bottled water or any snacks.
    My husband surprized me in Jan.so we could get out of the cold here close to DC and we spent 10 days in FL.(disney)
    I rented one of those electric carts.It hurt my pride a little but I would not have been able to make it without the cart.
    On some of the days we took naps or just came back to the room early and rested watching tv.I did realize my limits while on vacation.
    We have decited our next vacation will be something less stressful.I have to say Disney is really good at helping you if you have special needs of any kind.
    If you have a cart or wheelchair you do get to move to the front of lines.
    It was really hard on me even thought we took our time and passed on several things like rides.We had not had a vacation in over 15 years and had never had one except our honeymoon without kids.
    So it was special and it got me out.But I also have to say I think I have gotten somewhat worse sence we came back.I donot get out much at all now.My pain levels have been really bad.
    Sorry I wrote so much .Have a lovely trip.
  9. starmom

    starmom New Member

    I take along my own pillow. I take extra meds for sleep (benadryl, melatonin). I make sure to bring my tension tamer tea, and my rice bag.

    Watch you caffeine, if you drink it keep levels where they are at home. If you don't drink caffeine, avoid it.

    If you are flying bring your own water bottle on the plane and drink as much as you can. Airplane water is disgusting.

    Pace yourself and plan for a nap if possible.

    I make sure I have a couple of good books, and if necessary I go to the hotel lobby to sit and read while everyone else sleeps.

    Have a good time!

    Susie
  10. ephemera

    ephemera New Member

    Always pack earplugs, sheets & pillowcases, pillows & heating pad & pills first. Then work around clothes & shoes & whatever else you need.

    I always try to eat off hour & see things off the highways where it's slower paced & quieter.

    Ask for a quiet room at the hotel (not next to the ice machine or across from the elevator, etc.). Away from road noise & lights at night (if possible).

    if at all possible, avoid restaurant bathrooms that have scents. Horrible experiences...

    best wishes
  11. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    very much.. I really love this board and everyone on it, like yourself......It's good to have someone who understands you.....Take care..
  12. mollystwin

    mollystwin New Member

    I used a small fan to drown out the background noises and also planned for about two days for recovery once I returned home. I also took naps everyday and just stayed at the condo to rest while the others did some things,
    Have fun. Just pace yourself.
  13. mrpain

    mrpain New Member

    Funny you should mention that... I have always carried a fan to a hotel room in hopes to drown out some of the noise. I always figured I was the only one. People sure look at me strange when they see me carry it into an air conditioned room...
  14. lucy1953

    lucy1953 New Member

    mrpain-

    I think a vacation is the best medicine in the world- destressing, resting and just watching the world go by. No work! The only problem I can see is the travelling portion which is very tiring. Just make sure you take your medication with you and try not to overdo anything. Just take your time and don't try and do too much sightseeing. It is unfortunate but Fibro does not know when we are on vacation- it can come at any time. Do it for yourself and your family!
  15. janieb

    janieb New Member

    and I went with four female friends. We do this occasionally. I find that the airline travel is the hardest, because of carrying things and pulling suitcases when you get there and home. I must learn to pack less and carry less. We have to go from airline to shuttles on both ends and it seems never ending.

    When we arrived I was exhausted, but after spending some time in our room, we were able to go out for dinner and then walk a short distance to a few casinos. We got to bed at a decent time and sleep until we wake up. Don't hurry getting ready and basically do as we please. It isn't necessary for all five of us to go. If one wants to take a nap, the others understand.

    My biggest concern would be to be sure someone else is doing any heavy carrying, or pulling cases on wheels, if you're flying. We try to leave plenty of time between conections, since none of us are able to run through airports, and whenever possible, I'll gladly tip the man in the electric cart, especially in Minneapolis.

    We arrived home at 2 a.m., so the next few days were pretty bad, but after a few days, things went back to normal.

    Hope this helps.

    janieb
  16. mrstyedawg

    mrstyedawg Member

    I always sleep with a fan and take it everywhere I go. I also get a room that is in the back, not near the road. My husband wants to go the beach this year. But truthfully just the thought of a long trip makes me sad because I know that it will absolutely wipe me out and make me very sick.

    But our son is going away to college next year, so I told him that we would have a family vacation next year. But I truthfully am dreading it. Just going to the grocery store wears me out.
  17. Musica

    Musica New Member

    Easier said than done, I know, but remember that the stress of worrying about it can increase your pain. Not to mention make it harder to sleep once you are there!

    I don't know how much time you have, but do you have ways of relaxing? Relaxation tapes, relaxing music, reading, etc.? A long swim (and exercise is good for you) at the hotel in the evening might help you sleep better.

    Going to bed with the radio on, on "sleep" mode to help block out noise? Or white noise makers?

    When I had a sleep study, they made it a point to say "bring your own pillow, if you choose, to help you sleep better".

    Try to think of things that make it feel as close to home as possible - such as your own pillow. You might try some of those things before vacation, too, so they are a more normal part of your routine instead of everything being strange and new.

    Good luck!
  18. mdempsey

    mdempsey New Member

    Last year I tried to rest at the beach when necessary. Also, I ate way too much crappy food when really bothered my stomach (ibs). It took me months to straighten out my stomach. Just plan some time when you return to recouperate and rest.
  19. 69mach1

    69mach1 New Member

    not near the darn ice machine...that kept me up all night, or seemed like like...

    i like one away from the elevator at the end of the hall...
    and klonopin for sleep and the rest...

    jodie
  20. TxSongBird

    TxSongBird New Member

    We have a villa in Aruba where I am use to the beds, rooms, and no one is near us so there are no noises like in a motel setting. I sleep better there than at home. There are no carpets, just tile floor so no smells in the rug, the furniture is heavy wicker and we have our own private patio with lounge furniture so I can stay out there and read a book or have a cocktail without the noise and confusion of being in a busy place. We go there to escape the phones and our business. We stay 7 nights and go once a year.

    TxSongBird