Peoples with fibromyalgia cannot walk, drive or bike very far without pain. Getting a ride is mostly not an easy task for Fibro community. Driving requires person to sit in a fixed position and move in some specific ways that may worsen the pain.
When you are suffering from fibromyalgia, travel is also daunting and common triggers for a fibro. It is good to know whats makes the driving and traveling such a common trigger for Fibro.
Experts figure out that less sleep, poor sleep quality and frequent insomnia complaints are associated with fibromyalgia. Well its explains of the car crashes because sleep issues can be dangerous for drivers.
On interview with some fibromyalgia Patient they said that they sometimes forget where they were or where they were going. And that’s the terrible thing you can imagine it too. Few have also told that they can’t sit for too long as there back, knee or butt start hurting .If you are suffering from fibromyalgia, you can relate it too. And driving with fibromyalgia become worst if you get aches in hand and fingers.
Few Factors that play role in making driving and traveling problematic:
Fibromyalgia patients are sensitive to noise and has a big impact on lot of patients. We experience high sensitivity to noise, light, touch, smell and temperature. All these factors play role in increasing our pain, nausea, dizziness, trembling, looming panic attack and cause headaches and make us feel exhausted.
In driving Distraction is a lethal weapon that can take your life and result in serious type of accident. Being Fibromyalgia patient I am not good at focusing, so smallest noise will divert my attentions and I lose my focus, that’s may be because I am also suffering from anxiety and sudden noise like horns make me flinch. It became really frustrating in driving as you’re trying to take control of your condition instead of focusing on road.
Brain Fog or Fibro Fog
Brain fog, or cognitive troubles linked with fibromyalgia, can make it difficult for Fibro effected driver to pay attention to the road. Person goes into some abstract state. They lost their focus and goes into some other world. This can make situation worst and dangerous not only for yourself, but other drivers also.
Person get into short term memory lose state and forget the routes or destination. Many time the forget where they were going or what currently they are doing, they suddenly stop the car in the middle of the road or do some weird things.
Another things they faced in this state that they were unable to grasp the new information, they were not in that state of mind in which that they can handle multiple information at same time. Like if there were multiple directions given on the road they were failed to get that. They become easily distracted.
Fibromyalgia affects the human nervous system and NS can affect one’s vision too. In other words Eyes problem with fibro patients are linked to the nervous system. Person eyes may get blurred or experienced impaired vision. Mostly these problems triggers in night while driving in dark. Effected Person feel their eyes paining to see road signs,board or Cat-ions.