— Begin quote from “DizzyCat”
Those of you who have been flying - do any of you have 24/7 dizziness? I have a trip planned for mid-Oct. and I’ve staged it so that I have layovers between travelling. For example, I 'm travelling the day before my flight, from my home to Vancouver to catch an early morning flight out to Houston so I’ll sleep at a hotel in Vancouver near the airport that first night. Then in Houston I’ve booked a night at a hotel, before flying out the following morning for Panama (change planes in PC) then on to Bocas. The flights are about 4 to 5 hours duration, except the last jump of about 1 hour. I am worried as I haven’t flown since this major attack started and never with constant dizziness.
In the past, I have stressed myself to the point of major-migraine headaches in the air on several occassions, one of which resulted in using the in-flight barf-bags :oops:
I guess I’d like to know - if you are dizzy starting off, does it get worse or stay the same while flying?
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I had 24/7 dizziness with MAV when I did my long flights, but I did the same thing as you – I stopped over instead of taking connecting flights. I flew to Tokyo (13 hrs) and then went to a hotel, slept, and the next afternoon flew to Taipei. On the way back I took a couple of days in Japan to just waste time and shop, clear my head. That is a really good strategy.
The actual flying will not aggravate your condition. In other words, you will not suddenly go into a spin because you are flying. For some people, they actually feel better when flying because the whole thing is moving instead of being in a non-moving environment where they are the only thing moving! However, a long flight will begin to tax your resources due to lighting, cramped spaces, bad air, small screens, lack of sleep and time zone changes.
I know there is a lot of fear. I put off travel for almost a year before I flew to Japan, but finally I bit the bullet and said, “WTF, if I freak out they can drop me in Alaska.” After a half hour in the air I realized that the actual flying was not a problem, it was all the other stuff, and that a benzo and Ear Planes would make it do-able.