Hi Miss V.
Driving hurts me because of the angle my wrist is in when holding on to any part of the steering wheel as well as just holding on to the wheel. And I know you are having a lot of wrist problems.
Also I get stiff if I sit for any length of time. Generally I wiggle around if I have to sit for any longer than 5 minutes not only in a car but anywhere. Keeping a hip,leg or ankle in one position on the gas pedal is a big pain.
Believe it or not, actually opening a car door is an issue especially now that it is getting colder (in some parts of the world. It is hardly ever cold in Houston).
Driving like everything else has to be modified in anyway you can find to reduce pain. Because of finger pain I now open car doors with a balled fist using my forearms or elbows to push it open. To get in the car I can no longer step into the floorboard. I have to go in butt first and slide around like a dainty princess that I am not. I no longer hold the wheel at 3 and 9 (or 2 and 10) all the time to keep the neck and shoulders from hurting. I mainly hold one hand at 6. I also learned from watching my mother how to control the wheel with an open palm and not so much a good grip. I do wiggle in the seat a bit and flex and rotate my ankle whenever I can. If a back pillow helps use it. To me they are uncomfortable. However a pillow under my butt helps to keep my legs from falling asleep. When looking over my shoulder, I turn the upper part of my torso because turning just my neck is not always a good idea.
Driving for long periods of time is a feat of sheer willpower for me now whether as a driver or passenger. And I love roadtrips and driving across country. The last long trip I made was in August of 09 when I moved back to Houston from Virginia. I had made that trip several times and had gotten it down to a 24 hour science. However that last trip took me 3 complete days. I upped my pred to 60 mg for those 3 days and stopped to walk and stretch every few hours. I also had to put myself on autopilot in order to ignore and push past the pain and swelling. But I must admit, I did see more cities and sites than I had in the past just driving through. So it wasn't so much a bad thing.
Luckily you do not have to drive any more than 5 minutes to get to whatever I need in a metro like Houston. However it does take about 45 minutes to drive a straight line from one side of the city to the next.
Now, I let Karen do most of the driving.
We hope you find this general health information helpful. Please note however, that this Q&A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. No information in the Answers above is intended to diagnose or treat any condition. The views expressed in the Answers above belong to the individuals who posted them and do not necessarily reflect the views of Remedy Health Media. Remedy Health Media does not review or edit content posted by our community members, but reserves the right to remove any material it deems inappropriate.