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  1. domparisien

    If you find someone unconscious on the road

    Little unsure where the best spot to post this is (Frances or Live on the Camino? Also, this is my first post - whew!). Hi, I’m Dominik! I’m on the Camino Frances doing my first Camino and I’m currently in Pamplona (started in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port). I’m disabled, travelling alone, and I...
  2. P

    LIVE from the Camino swollen painful feet

    i am currently in estella and both feet are swollen and painful with one toenail coming off. wearing altra lonepeaks- no blisters. had rain for a couple days out of roncesvalles with soaked shoes the whole time through zubiri followed by hotter than hell 2 days pamplona-alt de perdon and puente...
  3. LB2022

    Ideas for refrigerated migraine medicine

    Buenas dias fellow pilgrims. I will be walking my first Camino starting May 31st on the Frances and I'm super excited. I am looking for ideas and options as I have chronic migraines and take a once-a-month shot that has to be refrigerated (Ajovy). It needs to stay between 2-8 degrees C and...
  4. Stephan the Painter

    Shin Splint Help Needed!

    On the First day of my Camino it seems like I overdid it. I had planned a slow first couple days but Albergue’s were closed, so I had to go farther. My 17 km walk felt fine and everything seem to be going swimmingly. But unfortunately I woke up with a lot of pain in my shin, which I found out...
  5. Aloha From Kauai

    Hot Water?

    Sorry for the odd question... but due to a long ago injury I've spent years sleeping with a heating pad; obviously that's not an option...would a hot water bottle or the therma heat patches be viable alternatives?
  6. davebugg

    How to Reduce the Risk of Shin Splints While Walking a Camino

    I put this together a while back in a post to provide help to those who wish to minimize the risk of the unpleasantness of shin splints while on Camino. This has been edited with additional information. Keep in mind that this is a general overview, not a medical textbook. :-) There are...
  7. P

    CPAP recommendation

    My wife and I are planning the CF in May. She'd like any recommendation or comment on travel CPAP machines. She's looking at 2 models right now: Transcend Transcend 3 miniCPAP Auto or BREAS Z2 CPAP (either auto or fixed pressure). And would you recommend the multi-night battery or should she...
  8. BrianLCrabtree

    wearing a backpack over a pacemaker -- any problem?

    I'm having a pacemaker implanted March 10 to correct a slow heart rate, sometimes in the 20s. My cardiologist says I should be fine for the Camino in late May. The device will be placed just below the left clavicle. I'm wondering about the pressure of the left shoulder strap of the backpack on...
  9. BROWNCOUNTYBOB

    Caution of Ignoring "Listen to your body" rule

    Preparing for our first camino frances in 2015, I read many books and consulted with the Camino Forum several times each day. In addition to the obvious guidance, regarding backpack selection, good hiking boots, etc the two most important Camino Rules I recalled were "Listen to your body" and...
  10. 1

    LIVE from the Camino Injury Advice

    Hello all, I’m writing from Los Arcos, where I’m babying an injured knee, in search of advice. While I’m not sure how it happened (or when), I’ve been trudging along for a few days trying to keep it okay while still walking, but I’m feeling discouraged. I visited the pharmacy a few days ago and...
  11. K

    Prayer Request for a Diseased Former Pilgrim

    Buen Camino, Peregrinos! I completed my Camino in the summer of 2019, with the interior to heal from some past trauma and minor illness. While I did enjoy my Camino, it actually triggered a debilitating illness that has since only grown worse, 2 years later. It has affected my family, career...
  12. lbpierce

    Urgent care clinic in Santiago?

    After walking 2.5 weeks on the Camino Frances, my normal mild to moderate eczema has become severe in some areas, including increased swelling in one hand. I am currently in Villamaior and plan to take a taxi in the morning to Santiago to get medical help. Does anyone know of a urgent care type...
  13. awunderli

    LIVE from the Camino —Nájera

    I am in Najera today, having started in SJPdP last Monday. I met my traveling companion at Orisson. It’s been lovely to do the journey with someone else. We’ve met pilgrims from the UK, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and just a few from the US where I’m from (Maine). We’ve seen groups...
  14. Elle Bieling

    The Miracle of Kinesiology Tape

    I am telling an anecdotal story about my knees and their health as they age. I am an RN and a yoga teacher, with experience in occupational injuries (Work Comp) and the dynamics of the human body. I know my way around musculoskeletal injuries, at least a bit. Periodically, I have had issues...
  15. James van Hemert

    Walking with AVN ( avascular necrosis)

    I have recently been diagnosed with eatly stage AVN in my left hip. Doctor says hip replacement in a year (but semi urgent status suggests wait may be longer). I can now walk without pain up to 2 km. Planning April 2022 Camino Frances. I will walk according to ability and use baggage transfer...
  16. C

    Foot Pain - sharp pain on top of foot

    Hi everyone! My fellow walking partner / pilgrim has a sharp shooting pain down the top of her foot from her big toe to the base of her ankle. When she lifts her foot and bends it, it hurts more. It feels like the whole top surface of her foot is bruised. She has been walking in shoes with...
  17. 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 -...
  18. 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...
  19. A

    Recommendations for feet and legs massages in Santiago

    Hi, Does anyone have any recommendations for feet and legs massages in Santiago preferably English-speaking and won't cost a fortune? Cheers!
  20. 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...
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