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Old 02-07-2008, 07:08 AM   #1
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Question Can i fly with an inner ear problem?

Hi all. I am due to fly to Thailand to start my travels, next Thursday 14th Feb, and some evil twist of fate has dealt me some kind of balance problem.

I went to my GP who said it is difficult to say what it is but prescribed me some anti dizziness tablets (cinnarizine). The doctor was not very informative with regards to time span of this thing or whether i can fly.

Help, can anybody advise me. I am due for a second opinion on Monday where hopefully i will be given more info.

Thanks

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Old 02-07-2008, 09:15 AM   #2
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Re: Can i fly with an inner ear problem?

Chilton
If you have an active infection I think it would be very unwise to fly long distance. But it may not be an inner ear infection. It sounds like you are away for a while and the bad news is that what you have may be something that is going to be a long-term issue so it is really important to find out what it is before you go.

I have had over 2 years of balance and dizzy issues and only recently got diagnosed with vestibular neuritis. Like your gp, mine didn't have a clue and it took a long time to get to the right specialist. My original viral infection made me feel very ill and I got a lot of ear pain and blockage. My business means I have to fly a lot and in the last 2 years I have done 19 round trips between the UK and Spain. I am not quite sure I managed it but I took one day at a time. I did have a lot of ear blocking on landing but that was more to do with a sinus infection I had at the same time. The actual flying business didn't make my balance or dizziness any worse.

 
Old 02-07-2008, 09:22 AM   #3
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Re: Can i fly with an inner ear problem?

Hi Chilton, Ive flown several times without any problems and one long flight too. It was actually relaxing. Many folks on this board have flown with no problem. Flying doesnt make your inner condition worse or it wont make you more dizzy or off balance. The change in pressure affects your middle ear....the feeling you need to pop your ears???? I would go for it! You will be fine! Live your life and have fun on your trip!

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Old 02-07-2008, 09:37 AM   #4
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Re: Can i fly with an inner ear problem?

Thanks. Its not an infection that much i know but you are right there is little i can do without a diagnosis. I would definitely not fly if this was advised and i were given reasons why. I m just so annoyed, i no its a cliche but i rarely get ill.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:45 AM   #5
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Re: Can i fly with an inner ear problem?

I think i love you. This is what i was thinking but nobody around me is that sure. When i went scuba diving months ago it was all about the middle ear and the ability to pop it! I have been searching sites to find answers to what would happen to my new ear problem but have found nothing.
I haven't been sick or fallen over and the dizziness only happens when i lie down or sit up. I need to go on my mini adventure so badly and intend to do what i can.....however futile.
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Wow! Your dizziness sounds like BPPV, and very curable! BPPV is positional. Sounds like you have a minor case of that. An Epley Manuever is what you need. That could be it! I would really look in to it.

I flew with BPPV! I was perfectly fine. I just didnt recline my seat all the way back, not like they go far anyway..hahha!

 
Old 02-07-2008, 10:03 AM   #7
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Re: Can i fly with an inner ear problem?

Funny you should mention that but i have been trying this Epley manouvre...atleast i think i have, the lying down rapidly then moving the head from one side to the other then sitting up thing. It well and truely spun my head.
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Re: Can i fly with an inner ear problem?

That would be BPPV!

 
Old 02-11-2008, 12:41 PM   #9
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Well my experience with Inner ear probs and flying was pretty bad...during the flight i feel great! I can walk, i dont have as much vertigo as i have on land! its crazy...but when i get off that plane..i feel as if i had gotten off a boat, i cant hardly feel the ground beneath my feet, walking becomes a nightmare....its hardcore vertigo for me!! and it usually lasts a couple of days...and when im laying down on the bed it gets worse....I too travel a lot and its gotten better in the past few flights..but its still pretty dreadful and my fear the whole trip is getting off the plane and feeling that...anyone elseee suffered this??? mm..........

 
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Well my experience with Inner ear probs and flying was pretty bad...during the flight i feel great! I can walk, i dont have as much vertigo as i have on land! its crazy...but when i get off that plane..i feel as if i had gotten off a boat, i cant hardly feel the ground beneath my feet, walking becomes a nightmare....its hardcore vertigo for me!! and it usually lasts a couple of days...and when im laying down on the bed it gets worse....I too travel a lot and its gotten better in the past few flights..but its still pretty dreadful and my fear the whole trip is getting off the plane and feeling that...anyone elseee suffered this??? mm..........
Hi

Here is a list of Inner Ear Medical Issues/Problems:

"Air Travel and Dizziness"

[url]http://www.dizziness-and-balance.com/treatment/flying.html[/url]

with suggested fixes.

Also in the Information Archive(sticky 1st post on this board) is information on all the possible Inner Ear Medical Problems, i.e., MEP for BPPV etc.....


 
Old 02-12-2008, 05:36 AM   #11
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Re: Can i fly with an inner ear problem?

Hi I've flown loads of long flights while fighting inner ear problems and apart from the usual jet lag issues I have not experienced anything un toward, infact only a month ago came back from Thailand via Doha, over 20 hours in the air one way and another (long route) and no adverse reaction at all. To me the benefits of being away and feeling more relaxed and in a warmer climate are more beneficial than the worry of the flights.

Sounds like you have BPPV to me too. When in Thailandget some massages in. . .you wont have to look far to find someone to do one. . lol. in fact the saying "You want Massage Lady" will be ringing in your ears almost constantly, they call vertigo trapped wind in head and reckon they can remove it??

Go and enjoy your trip I wish I was coming along.
Jayne

 
Old 02-12-2008, 06:58 AM   #12
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Re: Can i fly with an inner ear problem?

I have no problems with flying. Driving makes me dizzy if I am in the car for a trip that is longer than a couple hours, but flying doesn't seem to bother my inner ears, which is nice. I was worried about that too, but I went anyway and I was fine. Hopefully you can figure out what is going on with you before you leave and make a more informed decision.

 
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