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Old 07-30-2011, 05:51 PM   #1
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Lung Scarring + Flying

Hi all!

I recently discovered the answer to my mystery illness (as posted here: http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=845079)

However in two weeks time (well less, 12 days) - I'm due to fly from Manchester UK, to San Angelo, TX (USA). It's close to 17 hrs of flying and layover time.

As I've oonly just been diagnosed with lung scarring, I'm completely unsure of anything I should do whilst flying.

I'm due to speak with my doctor about it, but I was wondering if anyone else had any advice or tips to give me, aside from flight socks, walking about once an hour and drinking lots of water.

Should I request an aisle seat in light of this?
How much water should I drink?
Aspirin - good idea or bad, as I know it thins the blood?
^ If not, should I ask about Wafarin? (is that how it's spelled?)

I'm just super cautious, my scarring is giving me heaps of trouble and any help is appreciated. TY.

B xxx

 
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:44 PM   #2
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Re: Lung Scarring + Flying

Are you concerned about possible blood clots, or about thinner, dryer air?

Actually, I've heard the best drug to help you endure low air pressure is Viagra. It increases blood flow, not just to...you know, but to the lungs as well.

 
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Old 07-30-2011, 07:51 PM   #3
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Re: Lung Scarring + Flying

Blood clots. I'm having nightmares swimming before my eyes at night.

I'm on birth control too (mini pill, Cerazette) which says can increase the risk of clots and I'm reliably told that scarring doesn't do you any favours in that area...

...a nightmare free sleep before I -actually- fly out would be SO great!

 
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Re: Lung Scarring + Flying

Generally the clots come from the leg veins. The scarring might increase your risk of the clot settling in the lungs if it actually forms, but I can't see how it would increase the risk of a clot forming in the first place. What DOES increase the risk of clot is recent surgery or major injury, because in that case blood vessels are actually damaged.

Aspirin can help, but find out the right dose. Compression stockings also. Also, even when you aren't moving around, just wiggling your feet up and down, and tensing and relaxing your leg muscles helps keep blood flowing. You might look like a fidgety preschooler, but if it works, who cares?

Ultimately, blood clots are pretty rare, and it sounds like you are doing everything possible to drive down the risk further.

 
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Re: Lung Scarring + Flying

I have had IPF for over 12 years, which means I have significant scarring and I have flown a lot. I've traveled all across the US, including to Hawaii (9 hours) and to Jamaica and except for being in Denver, I haven't had any problems. Flying to Denver was okay, staying in Denver was not; I had to have oxygen the whole time, which has never happened to me. The mile high evaluation was a real problem. I now have to travel with oxygen, but most of my trips have been without it. I believe that they recommend that you don't fly for 6 months after you've had a lung collapse. I didn't fly for a while after mine, but have flown dozens of times since. I've never had a blood clot.

You don't want to take blood thinner without a good reason - it causes it own problems.

Good luck!

 
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:01 PM   #6
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Re: Lung Scarring + Flying

Awesome!

That's exactly what I needed to hear from someone who has dealt with this for much longer than I have. It makes me feel a lot more confident about getting on the plane now, ty so much!

 
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