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medical & injuries

  1. Martin.P

    Inter-Metatarsil Bursitis

    Hi all, Has anyone got any experience of the aforementioned? I have been experiencing discomfort with this since July 2019, finally saw a specialist in February 2020, MRI in March, Covid delayed follow up in August & now waiting for a slot to get a cortisone injection. Main main question is -...
  2. L

    To Those of you with New Hips

    I'm six weeks into healing from receiving a new hip. Doing good but still exhausted after short (2 blocks) walks. My doctor says I'll be able to do the Camino next year providing there's a vaccine and Europe is willing to let anyone from the USA in. My question is to those of you with a new...
  3. SF-Pilgrim

    Sleeping in a dorm room where there's someone with a CPAP

    Hi, I'm specifically posted this here in a general forum and not the medical forum because I'm hoping for responses from folks who have spent the night in a albergue dorm with someone who's using a CPAP machine in the same room. I have sleep apnea, so travel with a CPAP. I'm wondering how...
  4. B

    Camino with a cpap machine

    Does anyone have experience walking the camino (CP/EV) with a cpap machine. This is our first camino. We will be mixing up our accommodation with hotel and alburges along the way. Just wanted to know about the plug situation in the albergues. We usually bring an extension cord when we...
  5. M

    Dodgy knee

    I have had a dodgy left knee for over 20 years (I blame it on seven years of karate when I was younger, I'm nearly 62 now) and so when I walk any distance I wear a simple, cheap tubular bandage on that knee which I feel helps relieve the pain and support the joint. I have seen several commercial...
  6. LorneB

    CPAP Machines and Albergues

    Hi, there. I know this topic has shown up in some threads, but as most of the comments I've seen seem to come from other CPAP users, I'd be interested in hearing from those who aren't. Most likely, I'll get a range of responses, but I'm curious to hear from those who would care to indulge the...
  7. Frank66

    Health Issues ☹

    Hi all, Just wanted to share my pain! My wife and me had planned on walking the Portuguese Camino in May this year but fate has intervened . . . On 12 December, whilst on a treadmill in a gym on a cruise ship in the Carribean, I suffered a cardiac arrest. After 4 defibrillator shocks, great...
  8. Travelin'Tom

    Knee injury medical in Leon?

    I've injured my knee while favoring a badly blistered foot. My foot is healed but knee has become worse. I'm using transport, not happily but necessary. Will be in Leon soon looking for recommended clinic, Dr. etc to consult there. English a big plus. Any recommendations are appreciated.
  9. R

    Achilles strain

    I am walking the northern Camino, strained my left Achilles tendon the day before I left North a littlAmerica. It hurt a little in the airports, I've walked one day to San Sebastien and it hurts worse as I re- injured it with a few tweaks on the trail. Have decided to take a day off here, am...
  10. T

    Injured my back and need to shorten my walk - which parts can be shortened (by bus...)?

    Hi all! I would really appreciate your help. I started my Camino in Leon and unfortunately injured my back (I think I pulled it :( ) so now I’m forced to wait and heal around Astoria for a couple of days, which means I will shorten my walk by 2 days to make it to Santiago in time. (Btw I wish I...
  11. D

    Lugo - medical center

    Hello, My friend is Lugo now and she injured her leg. She would like to see a doctor. Is there any medical center with English speaking doctor ? Thank you very much for all recommendations!!! Daniela
  12. C

    Got a flu shot today

    I decided to get a flu shot today. I usually get them at work, but they won’t be available at work until the end of September and I will be leaving before that. We are actually required to be immunized or wear masks throughout the Flu season at work. I will be on the Camino until at least...
  13. D

    Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt This is not about the big, colorful back-ends of baboons :-) For those who are new to distance walking on a Camino, or backpacking, or trekking, there are some things which may be unknown to the newbie. Monkey Butt is one. Monkey Butt is about a condition with symptoms of itching...
  14. B

    Seeking gluten free/celiac disease walking advice

    Hi everyone, I've searched the forum and am hoping to start a new thread concerning those of us with Celiac Disease who need to stick to a strict gluten free diet. I speak decent enough Spanish and am not too worried about communicating my needs, but would love to hear any recent advice/tips...
  15. ELHS220

    San Sebastián University Hospital

    I arrived in Spain on Tuesday (5/7) expecting to start the Norte today. But yesterday, while having a look around Irún, I sat down on a bench. As soon as I sat down, I got this sharp searing pain in my knee. I do have arthritis and have had similar episodes periodically, but they’ve always...
  16. Lucyk

    Leaving the Camino

    We all know that for a number of people, maybe a lot of people, their Camino doesn't turn out the way they planned. Maybe they even leave it early. We don't hear much from them. They probably end with a lot of complicated feelings and are not likely to spend time talking in Facebook groups or...
  17. S

    Help for my dad who is in the hospital in Pamplona

    Hi everyone, My dad started the Camino two weeks ago from Lourdes, but unfortunately fell ill and is now in the hospital in Pamplona where they just diagnosed a heart condition. He could really use some supplies (as you know pilgrims travel light), but we don't know anyone there and the postal...
  18. holhum

    Chaco sandals pros and cons? (plantar fasciitis dramas)

    Leaving in a week (I will be walking from Leon in June after a month of other travel in Europe) and have to make a decision about the 'second' pair of shoes to take. I have pretty bad plantar fasciitis in one foot and it is too late for any miracle cures, I just need to manage it. I switched...
  19. SF-Pilgrim

    Travel CPAP Machines 2019

    Hi I'm getting ready for my next Camino. I'd like to get a travel CPAP Machine. There are a few popular travel models out currently. Does anyone have any experience with these units? Do you have any recommendations keeping in mind it's being used on the Camino? Right now I'm looking at the...
  20. Iriebabel

    Heal Spurs and Micro Tears and more Oh my !

    Well fellow pilgrims As some of you know shortly after returning home from my first camino in April/May I arrived home and quickly came down with a horrible bout of the flu 🤒 😷 . I unfortunately lost my voice for six months... hmm that’s a long story but suffice it to say I had some long...