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    Old 08-04-2004, 10:41 PM   #1
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    I know there have been a a lot of posts on here on about peoples flying experience but i just wanted some advice. Is it he air pressure that effects the dizziness or the turbulence/motion that does it? My family wants me to fly to london which is a 5 hour flight for me and i feel absolutly dreadful that i cant go cause of this stupid thing but im not sure if its worth a try. When i travel in the car for long periods i feel the rocking sensation for a couple hours after but then it subsides any comments would be helpfull.

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    Old 08-05-2004, 12:33 AM   #2
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    Hi Nicolah,

    I think mostly it is the motion that gets people with inner ear stuff in jets. What also really bothered me was the constant drone of the engines...it gave me this feeling like I just wanted to get out of the jet NOW but of course I couldn't. I think if you can handle car journeys OK you'll most likely be OK flying for 5 hours. I survived a 24 h stint myself without any fallout afterwards. But it can be different for everyone too. My advice is to take the risk and definitely wear ear plugs to keep the noise out. Ear plugs were the key for me on a jet.

    Good luck...Scott

     
    Old 08-05-2004, 05:09 AM   #3
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    Hi Nicolah,

    I took my first flight in May of this year (from NY to Las Vegas) since dealing with my woozy symptoms.

    I think, depending on the type of "dizzy" condition a person is dealing with, will depend on how the pressure and/or motion impacts someone.

    For me, the pressure changes increased my symptoms with the feeling that as I was sitting still, I was about to spin upwards to the left or to the right. My symptoms didn't increase, but that FEELING remained with me the entire 5 hour flight down, and 4 1/2 flight back. Once I got used to this uncomfortable and scary feeling, I was able to stand up if I wanted, look out the window, and even walk to the restroom.

    Additionally, we had some pretty intense turbulence flying to Nevada. The bouncing actually made me feel "normal", as it was a concrete "familiar" feeling (like riding in a car down a bumpy road). But the general gentle motion of the plane (the gliding and slight swaying feeling) was upsetting to me because it made me feel the "feeling of being in motion when I'm not", which is common with my woozy head.

    Once I got back from Las Vegas (I was there a week), I has slower spinny sensations for about 4 days after I returned home. It was a slightly different sensation than what I usually feel, but it was tolerable and I was able to go about my day pretty well with no other worse symptoms. During my vacation, I felt some woozy sensations, but it did not once hinder my enjoyment of my vacation - I walked EVERYWHERE and did everyting that I wanted within the time we had.

    Prior to the flight and during the flight, I took liquid Benedryl antihistamine every few hours with aspirin (I usually have some type of head with my symptoms), and I wore Ear Plane ear plugs the entire time I was flying. It also helped me to bring a book and listen to music with head phones (I put them on over the ear plugs).

    I would fly again, but this mode of transportation is not in my top ten for traveling. I say at least try it. When I asked specialists about flying, I received the same answer, that it's different for everyone with disequlibrium issues and that you just really need to do it to find out. Also, remember that even if your flying experience is a good OR bad one, the next time you fly, it could be the opposite.

    It's difficult to know what to do. For me, I just had to do it - and my friends and family would tell you that I was no relaxed kitten on the flight, but it wasn't as awful as I had thought it would be.

    Wishing you a nice day.

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