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Health Tip: Traveling With Arthritis

Suggestions to ease pain

(HealthDay News) -- Arthritis doesn't have to ruin your vacation.

Here are relief suggestions from the Arthritis Foundation:

  • Book a plane seat with extra room to stretch. Fly in the middle of the week when it's less busy.
  • Ask for a hotel room that's on the first floor or near an elevator.
  • Pack a cane or an extra pillow to help you stay comfortable.
  • Pack a stash of healthier snacks.
  • Pack medications in your carry-on baggage. Make sure meds are packed properly, especially if they need refrigeration.
  • Pack a heating pad or wrap, an ice pack and topical creams.
  • Opt for a hotel with a hot tub or steam room.
  • Request assistance at the airport to prevent long walks or long periods standing. Ask another passenger for help storing carry-on luggage.
  • Move around the plane's cabin as frequently as possible.

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