I know this has been discussed years ago on this site, but I wasn’t a member then and no one on here now seems to have been around several years ago either.
So flying is usually OK for me (though turbulence makes me super nervous). I usually take Bonine and a Valium just in case. I have had general lightheadedness every day for probably a couple years now. Yesterday I flew down to FL for the weekend and the flight was OK, but I had a sharp pain in my left ear for a few minutes. I had been trying to open my eustachian tubes regularly to avoid any congestion (yawning a lot too). Unwisely, I skipped lunch, so I didn’t eat anything from 9:30 until 3 or so, and I probably let myself get dehydrated, as is all too easy when flying. Anyway, I was extremely fatigued all the rest of the night, and even after eating and drinking lots of water my lightheadedness just got worse and worse. A second Valium didn’t really help, and I found myself going to bed super early to try to sleep off waves of nausea that had begun. Today I’m still a little more lightheaded than usual (though as it’s still morning that could change for the better) and I have fullness in both ears.
I am flying home tomorrow and wonder if anyone has any tips for a better experience? I know it was stupid of me to skip a meal (it was unintended), and I will be more careful this time around to not do that.