Backpacking, Hostels, "Basic" Travel And Arthritis
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Jun 29, 2013 5:02 AM Last Post By: Brax
Jun 7, 2013 1:41 AM
Jun 8, 2013 8:01 AM
16Many thanks to all for reassurance. When I was told it was arthritis I was pretty devastated as it meant the end to certain plans I had and was determined to do e.g. I love hiking and was intending to thro' hike the Pacific Crest Trail; not something to do with arthritis in your feet !!
But, as it would seem travelling with backpack in a "down to earth" way is still possible, on reflection, I could have had so many other things "go wrong" that I should be grateful it was not worse.
I am 57 and these days I am continually shocked at ageing process. Used to be you pull a muscle (or bruise something, etc.) and ignore it and next day it has all gone anyway. These days pull a muscle and it seems to take ages to get better - probably because I continue to behave as a 21 year old and ignore it and next day pull it again but worse ....
Anyway, thanks to all for the reassurance.
Jun 8, 2013 8:10 AM
17I think (moderate) exercise plus cod liver oil might be the way to go.
For example, I've always been a bit of a couch potato but this year I took up zumba. The amount of energy it's given me has been amazing. And I heal faster, too.
I overdid it at one session and my knees told me so. Then, I went running to catch a bus (something I've never done in my life until recently - what me? Run?) and landed awkwardly,badly spraining a ligament. That was five days ago. I am almost back to normal walking again. In fact, two days ago I walked a couple of extra miles just because I could!
Jun 15, 2013 2:18 AM
18Arthritis is a right of passage to any decent traveller. As you can see, most of us creak somewhere.
For me it's my knees. So I had physio before my recent trip to Laos, to make sure I could manage squat toilets - getting down and up again without clinging onto the walls. (I needn't have worried - their toilets were spotless).
I find it's easier in warm climates - so maybe head for the tropics. I have a rucksack (so much easier on unruly pavements) but keep the weight right down - it's wonderful how little you need. And I accept all offers to help carry it for me! I carry plenty of painkillers, and take them whenever I need them. I don't do trekking with a crowd of young people who will have to wait for me persuading my knees up and down mountainsides, but did have an individual guide in Nepal who was quite happy to walk at my pace.
And I'm just beginning to wonder if I can't manage top bunks on night trains - that swinging down to go to the loo in the night when the train goes round a corner...
So - as you can see from here - everything is possible if you decide that it is. Enjoy your travelling.
Jun 29, 2013 2:42 AM
19I've got (mild) arthritis in both shoulders, knees, hips and likely to get it in my left hand-doc made no mention of my right hand but I am starting my long term travels at the end of the year, I'm selling up so will be, technically, homeless, intend to travel and rent a place wherever I land. If the arthritis becomes too debilitating then I'll come home, if not, home will be wherever I am. Compromises-I'll be booking low beds on trains/hostels, no backpack, inclines rather than steep climbs. Bring it on
Jun 29, 2013 5:02 AM
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