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dizzylassie 04-06-2005 03:43 AM

coping with aftermath of flying
Hi guys, just back from a trip to NY, in need of some support!

I'd been feeling really good for a few months so was not nervous about flying and confident I'd be OK. The first day of the hols I felt wiped out and really dizzy, but after a good sleep I felt fine. Now I'm back in the UK, arrived yesterday evening and I feel AWFUL, the worst I've felt in struggling along at work but feel so out of it and floatey I could cry.

The dizzies flared up a bit in NY but I guess that was my fault (shopping, looking at buildings, drinking cocktails...a recipe for disaster..) but I didn't let it spoil my time, but now am home I'm just despairing. My neuro-oto guy said there was 'no reason that flying should aggravate symptoms' and that I must be 'an exception' if I feel like this everytime I fly or travel. But I know from reading the board that others have a bad time travelling, and surely there must be a reason, and why would he say differently?

have any of you heard why flying causes such a problem if a supposed 'expert' says it shouldn't, and if there's anything i can do to help recovery? I've started back on the VRT exercises already..


hdnighttrain 04-06-2005 04:44 AM

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Dear Dizzylassie,
Why your neurooto would say that is beyond me. It stands to reason that any drastic pressure change like flying is a recipe for disaster for people like us. I cant even go up a hill in my car without experiencing popping, cracking etc and then will feel awful afterwards. I dont know what your diagnosis is but all of these inner ear disorders it seems are effected from barometric pressure changes. I applaud you for even attempting to go and have a good time because I know myself, I would not go in an airplane, no way, uh uh, never!!! Stick with your vrt and hopefully this will calm down for you soon. At least you had a good time while you could. Thats how I am getting through my own personal torture. If I am able to enjoy something for short time I savor the moment and ALWAYS pay the consequences after. Its a heck of a way to live. Hang in there

crazylabyrinth 04-06-2005 04:51 AM

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I had an awful time flying with this - motion lasted 2/3 mths afterwards. Was utterly horrific. My specialist said it was not that common to have this after effect but still possible with inner ear disorders. My other specialist said it was "v common". I would not worry about what specialists say, they often say what happens with the textbk case but everyone is different.

To me it seems pretty obvious flying would cause the inner ear to struggle...prolonged motion with no moving environment to the pressure.

It'll ease, dont worry.


dizzy2 04-06-2005 09:23 AM

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Of course the pressure from flying could affect this, why would that doctor say that! It is a known fact that flying increases pressure in the ears, as already said before, that is major for people with these types of problems. I don't fly, but my family wants to take a trip to Hawaii and I keep saying, I really don't think it is a good idea for me to fly. Now that I read this post, I am even more afraid!!! :rolleyes:

courtenaynt 04-27-2005 11:39 AM

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I'm suffering from this as well. Anyone know what can be done to alleviate the dizziness after a flight? Mine lasts for WEEKS. :confused:

studyin 04-27-2005 04:28 PM

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Hi DL,

Very strange for the neuroto to say that - not very clever of him at all. Just throwing in my experience...I felt slightly dodgy after flying on all occasions but nothing that didn't sort itself out within a day or two. The feeling was just this buzzing feeling through my body...a little strange and un-nerving but it all cleared up quickly. Not unusual at all to feel stuff after flying given all the new "input" from the flight. It gives the brain yet more information to process and relearn. You should be back to normal in no time.

Scott :cool:

crazylabyrinth 04-28-2005 05:28 AM

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I think - that taking a round of vestibular suppressants - try cinnarizine - for about a week helps the after effects of flights for people with vestibular issues. I think it helped me when I had my nightmare experience. The dizziness (mainly motion) lasted 3 mths. Good luck and stay active - this too will help xx

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