Driving with fibro

Hi fellow fibromites, I've been off line again for a while, had a busy stressful few weeks. Passed my driving test 3 weeks ago and got a car but as of Sunday I've not been able to drive, my arms are so sore that I can't move them properly and the pains in my toes and feet is awful. I just wondered if anyone else had suffered with this? I feel so silly not being able to drive like I'm being weak and allowing fibromyalgia to beat me!!

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  • I swell up, my joints hurt my tendons shorten, I have inflammation, all the things that "experts" say doesnt happen.

  • Yeah I know what you mean . Horrible isn't it, do you take medication

  • This may ease off once you are used to driving, it can take it's toll at first. I don't drive due to dizzy spells. Lou xx

  • Wonderful news about passing your test, well done it takes alot of courage to persevere when you are ill and I am sure you will grow to love driving and your new car. Do try out different positions adjusting your seat up and down, having the back more upright or more laid back and moving your sterring wheel up and down if it has an adjustor on it as getting the right driving position can make all the difference to your arms and feet being in a more comfortable position for you and therefore less pain. I bought a steering wheel cover which is made of a short brushed fabric which is warm to the touch and makes the stering wheel a little fatter it somehow makes it much more easy for my stiff and painful hands to grip. Some people find sitting with some type of back support helps. You are bound to be tensing up at first as you get used to driving on your own and this can of course make your joints and muscles painful. Just got for short drives at first and then gradually build up. Let us know how you get on and what adventures yu and your car get up to.x

  • Definitely try to relax. You're also using different muscles and a different posture more regularly. Persevere. Good luck :)

  • Hi Macca88

    Congratulations on passing your driving test, but I am so sorry to read that you are unable to drive at this time. I want to wish you all the best of luck and I genuinely hope that you are out and driving again soon.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken

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