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10 Tips for Coping With Chronic Illness Flare-Ups While Traveling

It’s Friday and I just spent the week packing and getting ready for my husband’s and my road trip from California to Arizona to see his parents for Thanksgiving. I love traveling, but it takes a toll on my body and often sends me into a flare-up. Because of the long drive, my back often revolts against me and sends me into a chronic pain flare-up. Then my digestive system decides it doesn’t like me either and just like that, my body is in a full flare-up. When packing I have to consider the possibility of a flare-up, so I try to pack certain essentials and decide how to handle symptoms in advance. Here are my tips for traveling during a chronic illness flare-up — I hope they can help you, too.

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It’s Friday and I just spent the week packing and getting ready for my husband’s and my road trip from California to Arizona to see his parents for Thanksgiving. I love traveling, but it takes a toll on my body and often sends me into a flare-up. Because of the long drive, my back often revolts against me and sends me into a chronic pain flare-up. Then my digestive system decides it doesn’t like me either and just like that, my body is in a full flare-up. When packing I have to consider the possibility of a flare-up, so I try to pack certain essentials and decide how to handle symptoms in advance. Here are my tips for traveling during a chronic illness flare-up — I hope they can help you, too.
From 1995 to 1997, over 17,000 participants from within the Kaiser Permanente organization throughout Southern California underwent one of the most comprehensive research studies ever conducted attempting to link the presence of childhood abuse, neglect, and other trauma with negative health outcomes later in life. The ACEs study, or adverse childhood experiences, determined that there is a direct correlation between childhood trauma and chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases of all kinds, as well as a myriad of mental health conditions.

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