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Take Hour Flight
a fall resulted in bleeding in my spleen 1month ago...last week they found my hematoma to be 2, 4. it is 1, 8.now. Can I take 4 hour flight today?
Maybe but be careful: I'm not sure a flight can necessarily affect the splenic hematoma in a good or bad way. Generally I would avoid any high contact activities. Also in relation to traveling- I wouldn't do any heavy lifting that might strain your abdominal muscles. If you have to fly please take these precautions. ...Read more
2 weeks.: I usually recommend waiting 2 weeks following sclerotherapy to drive or fly if the trip is longer than 2 hours. However, this is the ideal and not always possible. If you have to travel before 2 weeks then I would recommend wearing support hose, taking an adult Aspirin the night before and day of the trip, staying well hydrated, don't drink alcohol and get up and walk every 2 hours. ...Read more
Prepare: If you have enough time before take-off - consider a CBT targeted psychotherapy or even self-hypnosis. If it's too soon, you can still plan that for future needs and ask your provider for a limited Rx of calming medication - like valium. Learn a few relaxation skills too. Rest and eat and hydrate well before trip, bring a likely to keep you interested book, tape, etc. Good luck. ...Read more
Is it risky to air travel one day after hysterosalpingography? I want to take a five hour flight the next day of my hsg, but I 'm afraid.
No issue: There are no restrictions after having an xray such as an hsg. ...Read more
I have to take a 3 hour flight, but I'm extremely phobic of flying (agoraphobia in general). What's the BEST benzo for this situation? Xanax? Ativan?
Fear of Flying: The lack of control that flying can trigger is certainly uncomfortable. Rather than using medication, which is one possible alternative, consider utilizing clinical hypnosis and self-hypnosis training. See www. Asch. Net for licensed professionals who are trained in this modality. Peace and good health. ...Read more
If I take an 18 hour flight to europe, with one stop in between, what is the likelihood of my lung bullae rupturing while in flight.?
Unlikely: The cab in of the aircraft is sufficiently pressurized to prevent this. ...Read more
Possibly: If the infection is resolved and there is not pressure then it should be fine. Check and see if you can get your ears to pop by pinching your nose and blowing. If you can get them to pop then you know that the Eustachian tubes are functioning. If you develop pressure during the flight you can do this to relieve it. Taking a nasal decongestant spray before the flight would be a good precaution. ...Read more
I fractured my two of the long bones leading to my toes in my foot. Am I going to be able to take a 9 hour flight tomorrow?
Depends: Depends how long ago. Sitting for long periods if time with a fx will cause excess swelling and can potentially lead to other problems such as blood clots. Consult your doctor. ...Read more
I had an ischemic stroke last may, 5 weeks later I had a 6 vessel graft heart bypass. Is it safe to take a 16 hour flight 2 mos after my bypass?
Flight: You should consult the physicians who know you and your associated physiology and pathology for advice regarding whether you a long flight is appropriate for you in your situation. ...Read more
I have vestibular neuritis, I need to take two 9 hour flights to london next month 24 hours door to door, is it safe to fly?
Yes, but: You may feel miserable. If you indeed have acute labyrinthritis, it should start to resolve over next few weeks. If you actually have meniere's, the problem will persist and not spontaneously depart. If you have an acquired endolymphatic fistula, the flight will make you temporarily very symptomatic. Suggest you carry dramamine, (dimenhydrinate) and take 50mg as needed, but confer with your physician first. ...Read more
Hi I just want to find out how long should I wait to take a 13 hour international flight after having my sinus surgery (turbine reduction and nose bo?
Talk to ur Doc: This should be discussed w the surgeon doing the procedure. ...Read more
Is it safe to take Tranexamic acid (1000 mg) 24 hours before a 19 hour flight? Thanks in advance.
More info needed: Depends on what you are taking the tranexamic acid for. You should ask the prescribing MD this question, as your physician would have access to your records and lab tests. You should certainly drink plenty of fluids on your trip and walk around every couple hours--again, more info is needed as to why you are on this medication. ...Read more
Tranexamic acid (1000 mg) prescribed for heavy menstrual bleeding. Is this safe to take 24 hours prior to traveling on a 19 hour flight? Also on HRT!
Tranexamic acid is contraindicated, according to package insert, if you are on hormone replacement therapy. In addition, since a 19 hour plane flight increases the risk of venous thrombosis it would also not be advised prior to flying. Unless you are flying first class there is less and less leg room as airlines are squeezing more seats into the
cabins. ...Read more
Should a 48-year-old person w/no stomach problems take an aspirin before taking a 13-hour flight (to prevent blood clots)? If yes, what dose?
Depends: What kind of stomach problems do you have? Are you taking medication for your condition? If you have ulcers or stomach bleeding I would not advise even 81 mg aspirin. Best advice is to talk with your family physician who will give you exercises you can do in your seat with your legs, get up and walk the aisle periodically and wear support stockings. ...Read more
Dad (67) has a 12-hour flight. Cardiac risk factors, venous insufficiency in his legs, t2dm. Other than compression socks, he takes 81mg of aspirin daily. Should he take 325mg aspirin before?
Options: Low dose aspiring is reasonable but not a great way to prevent dvt. Exercises and stockings good idea. Some folks occasionally consider a dose of Lovenox (enoxaparin) around the time of the flight. A question you could ask you pcp. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on what your problem might be. If you are not scared of flying, you may not take anything. Food and drinks will be provided while on board. If you can sleep well w/out using any supports (neck, back, etc.), then you are ready to fly. If you are traveling in business or first class, you will have plenty of amenities available to you for an enjoyable travel. ...Read more
Took at least one 8+ hour flight per year in the past. Then 911, dollar decline, etc. At 60 are there new risks from plane travel?
I am 23, female, average build and fairly healthy. How soon do you believe I could fly a two and half hour flight after the removal of my gallbladder?
A week: Generally speaking after general anesthesia, and laproscopic surgery, and having a permission from your own surgeon, you could safely fly for two and half hours a week after the operation assumimg you do not have to lift any luggage or any personal bag that have more than 10-15 lbs. ...Read more
Flying post surgery: Flying after surgery depends on what kind of surgery one has had, were there any complications, what other medical problems person has, what is their risk of having a clot in leg. Every airline has its own regulations about flying after surgery. It is best to check with surgeon and if possible to discuss with Gp or a travel doctor and check with respective airlines too. ...Read more
I will be travling on a long hour flight, with my 9 month old is there any medication that I can give her to help her relax and sleep better?
I'm 3 months pregnant. I have a 7 hour flight in three days. Is air travel safe and healthy during 3 months of pregnancy? It is really important for me to know whether I can fly while 3 months pregnant. Based on your answer, I might have to reschedule my
Most: Most likely you are going to be completely fine. The most important things are to be well hydrated during the flight and to talk around a bit during the flight to prevent blood clots in your legs (dvt). ...Read more
Yes: If it is persistent - applying heat and taking an Aspirin 325 mg (unless reason not to) daily and be seen. ...Read more
Abroad and think I am having a miscarriage 11wks - quite sick but only moderate bleeding. I have a 16 hour flight (today) to get home. OK to fly home?
Be safe: If you think you're having a miscarriage I think you should get it checked out by a doctor now. Bleeding can be heavy and when up in the air you're really isolated. Plus the cabin is pressurized at 10000 feet so there's less oxygen there. I don't know how important getting home is, but I would say it's time to look at the big picture here. Hope u get some help. ...Read more
How can I prepare my body (I'm 68) for a long 9 hour flight and 15 days of walking tours when I have Spinal stenosis. When I overdo walking, I suffer?
Spinal stenosis: That is a difficult task. Lumbar spinal stenosis causes back and leg pain with walking (neurogenic claudication). Fortunately most walking tours have frequent stops to discuss what you are viewing. Take a cane that folds out into a small stool so you can sit and flex your back to decompress the pinched nerves. Do stretches in the morning and evening. Add ice to the back at night. ...Read more