Going on Vacation with EDS
April 11, 2017
Taking a vacation is meant to be relaxing and enjoyable. But for those who have been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), vacation can mean additional stress and frustration. While vacationing with EDS requires some additional planning and preparation, it can still be enjoyable and fun.
Working on putting together a vacation this year? Review these tips for prepping and planning before you leave:
1. STAY CALM
Stress is the last thing you need when you’re getting ready to go on vacation. If you’re more stressed than usual, it can lead to increased TMJ pain. By learning to manage your stress, you can avoid physical pain and be productive while planning and packing.
2. PLAN AHEAD
No matter where you’re going, make sure you planning for rest breaks. Vacations can be tiring since you’re out of your usual routine, so be sure to build time into your daily schedule to take a nap, relax and take care of yourself.
3. THINK ABOUT COMFORT
Not only do you want to pack comfortable clothes and shoes, but you also want to think about extra things that will make your trip more enjoyable. Whether that includes cushions for your wheelchair or bed, a special blanket, travel pillows, or whatever else may make your time away from home as comfortable as possible.
4. TAKE EXTRA HELP
Don’t be afraid to ask for help or take extra assistance that’s available. If your trip takes you somewhere that requires a lot of walking, take a wheelchair or another walking aid. You may be hesitant, but it could make all the difference to your overall comfort and enjoyment.
Before you head out on vacation, it’s important to check in with your EDS and TMJ specialist to help you maintain your health and manage any pain. For individuals with EDS who need help with managing their craniofacial pain and TMJ disorder, it’s important to find an experienced medical professional. If you’re in the Dayton, Ohio, area, Dr. John E. Mitakides is dedicated to improving your quality of life. Find out more today or give us a call at 937-427-3131 to schedule an appointment.