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Doctor insights on: Long Car Rides

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I have dizziness after a long car ride! any treatment suggestions?

I have dizziness after a long car ride! any treatment suggestions?

Dizziness: It s always better to determine the origin of the problem, neurologists often do the work up of this problem. Antihistaminic agents (oral or patches) have been used for cases in which other causes (sometimes more serious) were excluded. ...Read more

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My son fell two weeks ago onto his tailbone. No pain until yesterday after long car ride. Very uncomfortable. Unable to go to bathroom. Heavy pressure?

My son fell two weeks ago onto his tailbone. No pain until yesterday after long car ride. Very uncomfortable. Unable to go to bathroom. Heavy pressure?

Constipation??: I would expect more discomfort in the first 24-48 hours rather than 2 weeks later if there had been significant injury to the tailbone or lower spine or sacrum. from the fall. Is the heavy pressure sensation in the anal rectal area? Then this maybe more a constipation problem, in which case a laxative or enema might be indicated. ...Read more

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Everytime i travel despite taking dramamine (dimenhydrinate) whether it is long car ride or plane, I vomit and have BMs the entire trip even upon arrival. What is it?

Everytime i travel despite taking dramamine (dimenhydrinate) whether it is long car ride or plane, I vomit and have BMs the entire trip even upon arrival. What is it?

Motion sickness: You have a very sensitive "vestibular" system, causing your motion sickness. You may want to try other prescription medications (see your doctor for those) to suppress the symptoms. You could ask a local ENT doc if they have special physical therapists in your area who can teach you exercises to help retrain your inner ear to prevent this from happening. Hard problem to solve. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can I do for blood clot prevention during long car ride?

What can I do for blood clot prevention during long car ride?

Stop and walk: Take regular breaks, and get out and stretch and walk. Aspirin has not been shown to be very effective in preventing these clots. If you are prone to getting clots , check with your doctor first. ...Read more

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I have leg pain after a long car ride with no history of blood clots. I'm 23. Should I see a dr?

I have leg pain after a long car ride with no history of blood clots. I'm 23. Should I see a dr?

Very common: It is not unusual to have leg pain after a long car ride, although it is more common as people age. It is a result of holding your legs in the same position for too long. Staying very well hydrated usually helps and may prevent the problem. It is a good idea to stop at least every 2 hours and get out of the car, stretch your legs, and walk around a bit. ...Read more

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My ankles were swollen due to a long car ride! now i'm home and the swelling has went down but my ankles are sore kinda feel bruised. Is that normal?

My ankles were swollen due to a long car ride! now i'm home and the swelling has went down but my ankles are sore kinda feel bruised. Is that normal?

Both ankles are key: When we sit for an extended time, gravity pulls are fluids down to our feet and ankles. This results in swelling. There are many causes of such fluid retention, i.e. Weak veins, blocked lymphatics, kidney function..., swelling can cause pain from the pressure on the ankle bones. The key here is that it in both ankles are having pain. If pain is constant, some tests may be in order. ...Read more

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Have pain in left groin &hip aggravated by sitting. Have spinal stenosis severe in L4'L5. Started 20 days ago after long car ride. Can back cause?

Have pain in left groin &hip aggravated by sitting.  Have spinal stenosis severe in L4'L5.  Started 20 days ago after long car ride.  Can back cause?

Yes: Yes sitting long periods of time can inflame a lumbar region that as severe spinal stenosis. The pain in your hip and groin can be from aggravated nerve roots. You can try McKenzie Back exercises. If it doesn't resolve, then seek medical evaluation. Back pain that causes numbness around rectum, foot immobility or bladder incontinence needs immediate attention. ...Read more