DEALING WITH DRIVING PROBLEMS WITH FIBROMYALGIA

People with fibromyalgia cannot walk, drive, or cycle for long without pain. Driving requires the person to sit in a fixed position which can make pain and fatigue worse.

Transport is often linked to apprehension for many reasons.

Our poor quality of sleep and frequent insomnia associated with fibromyalgia can be dangerous for drivers.

Often we lose track on the road, we sometimes forget where we were or where we were going.

Driving is painful to us because of the movements imposed on our legs and arms and on its imposed stature: sitting too long stiffens our body. Driving with fibromyalgia gets worse with hand pain. How many of us no longer hold their steering wheel at 10:10 am but 6:30 pm!

Other factors play a problematic role in driving:

Noise sensitivity

Patients with fibromyalgia experience high sensitivity to noise, light, touch, smell, and temperature. All these factors play a role in the increase of our pain, nausea, dizziness and can cause headaches accentuating our fatigue.

Distraction

Distraction is a weapon that can lead to accidents. The slightest unusual noise can focus our mind and reduce our attention to the route we should choose.

Brain fog or fibrofog

Brain fog or fibrofog is one of the cognitive disorders associated with fibromyalgia, it can make it difficult to pay full attention to the road. The fibromyalgia sufferer is in an abstract state which can make him lose his way, including on a road that he uses regularly and make driving dangerous. In this state, it is also sometimes difficult to manage multiple pieces of information at the same time.
Vision problems

Fibromyalgia affects the nervous system and can affect its vision as well. Most of these problems are often triggered at night while driving in the dark. People with fibromyalgia sometimes feel their sore eyes just when they see road signs and pass the low beams of other vehicles.

Leg pain

Sitting for long periods of driving can exacerbate and trigger pain in the legs and feet.

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