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Developing Air Sickness Later In Life?  
User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7514 posts, RR: 24
Posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4399 times:

Hello all,

I seem to be developing this problem. I've flown almost 700,000 miles in the last 12 years, but for some reason over the last 9-12 months, I feel very sick any time I fly. Even if there is no turbulence on the flight, I feel a constant urge to throw up from take off to touch down. Up until say, last September, I have never once felt like this on a plane. The reason I'm finally deciding to reach out for advise is because of my flight today. I flew MFE-DFW and there was no turbulence (not even a bump), yet I felt so sick that even after we landed I had a hard time standing up straight. Things seem to be getting worse. It's extremely discouraging for someone who flies a lot.

I guess what I want to know is, has anyone ever encountered this? Does anyone know a way to quell this?

Thanks in advance.


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User currently offlineHiFlyerAS From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 933 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 4375 times:

Try taking Meclazine before your flight. It's OTC...same ingredient as Dramamine but the generic. I'm a FA and have had Meniere's Disease for 12 years...taking meclazine on a bad day helps me a lot! It's an inner ear disorder that causes dizziness, hearing loss and tinnitus.

User currently offlinefiscal From Australia, joined Oct 2009, 319 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4273 times:

Have you seen your doctor yet? in my experience most of these cases are issues with the middle ear, and may well be treatable.

User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7125 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4259 times:

As the others have said a sudden onset like this could be an ear/balance problem but an important question do you get these problems at any other time? Riding in a car? On a boa? Riding a ride at an amusement park?
If your answer is no I say it's anxiety. There really could be no reason why you would be anxious flying. It could be because of your first bad flight which maybe for some reason you did feel sick now you think the next flight and the flight after that you will be the same. If nothing shows up after a visit to an ear doctor and/or neurologist or if it only happens on flights I say tell our doctor to give you a small dosage of anti anxeity meds for your next flight and see how that goes after a full medical checkup of course.



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User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6148 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4258 times:
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Sounds like an inner ear issue. You should have a specialist check you. Could save a lot of trouble and expense later.


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User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7514 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4244 times:

Quoting flymia (Reply 3):

As the others have said a sudden onset like this could be an ear/balance problem but an important question do you get these problems at any other time? Riding in a car? On a boa? Riding a ride at an amusement park?

I probably should have specified this. As a child and into my early 20's, no to all of the above.

Now, I get seasick really bad. I cant even be on a boat in a lake. Riding in a car is hit or miss. If Im driving, its not typically an issue unless there are a lot of twists, turns, ups, and downs. I live in Dallas, so thats typically not an issue. However, I do get car sick if someone else is driving on city streets (not freeways) pretty badly. Lots of times I get out and I cant stand up very well. I never throw up, but I get extremely uncomfortable which is exactly what is happening on planes now. As for amusement park rides, I havent been on one since I was a child so I cant say for sure.

I dont experience flight anxiety often, so I dont think thats a contributors.

Thats why Im confused. Ive never felt airsick before in my life until about 9 months ago and now it almost seems chronic.

Quoting AR385 (Reply 4):

Sounds like an inner ear issue. You should have a specialist check you. Could save a lot of trouble and expense later.
Quoting fiscal (Reply 2):
Have you seen your doctor yet? in my experience most of these cases are issues with the middle ear, and may well be treatable.

I think this is the next step. Ive been ignoring it an hoping it would go away, but it doesnt seem to be.



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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3300 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 4187 times:
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I get sick on flights frequently, but I've always been naturally prone to motion sickness.

The suggestions of inner-ear issues are the most realistic. However, there is a possibility you must consider.

Perhaps you had an inner-ear issue a year ago (when this started). It made you get very sick on a few flights, and you started to, subconsciuosly, worry about getting sick on subsequent flights. Your mind believes you're going to get sick, even before you get on a plane, and so you feel nauseous. If you're not vomiting, then it's unlikely your equilibrium is actually at fault.

Go see a specialist, and get your ears checked. They will do medical tests and may also do balance tests. If they find nothing wrong, then it's possible that what I am suggesting happened. I get anxious when I fly, even smooth flights, because I am worried about encountering turbulence. It's a stupid thing for my subconscious to do to me, but it happens every time I fly.

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User currently offlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7125 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4155 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 6):

Agreed. Symptoms of anxeity can be anything and everything. You defeintly need to see a specialist and rule out any inner ear problems first, this is likely the case. If your doctors tell you nothing is wrong you could be thinking about it too much. Anxeity can cause your body to do many different things sometimes just one person can have different symptoms each time. Given in happens in cars and boats too I say you might have an inner ear issue which a doctor will be able to take care of.



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User currently offlineSkydrol From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 964 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4142 times:

Quoting LAXdude1023 (Thread starter):
I feel very sick any time I fly. Even if there is no turbulence on the flight, I feel a constant urge to throw up from take off to touch down.

Do you feel better after you throw up? Usually this makes me feel better. While I don't mind rough turbulence and bumps/chop (in fact I like it), repeated yaw and roll motions, especially during landing approach makes me sick real quick!! This has always bothered me since I was a kid, but never resulted in anxiety worrying about it happening before I even board a flight.... but read below for a different experience!

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 6):
and you started to, subconsciuosly, worry about getting sick on subsequent flights. Your mind believes you're going to get sick, even before you get on a plane, and so you feel nauseous.

This is very true!! I can't recall ever getting seasick in the past. But after one rotten ferry trip last year when I joined a least a dozen other passengers taking turns feeding the fish at the rail at the back of the boat, this changed. Every time I have been on the ferry since, after a few minutes out from the port (not even in big waves), dizzyness, cold sweat, mouth watering, rotten stomach feeling... all the warning signs... and I spend the rest of the trip outside at the rail.   I'm sure this will make people laugh their asses off, but sometimes when waiting in line to board the ferry, if I look at the boat moving gently at the dock, I get queasy and almost throw up... standing on solid ground! Twice it was so bad, I had to leave the lineup, and take a later ferry.

I know this is all subconscious; the result of one bad journey, but the consequences are real. Multiple smooth trips since haven't reversed the symptoms.





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User currently offlineLAXdude1023 From India, joined Sep 2006, 7514 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 3974 times:

I thought I would post an update.

I did go see an ENT dr. and was sent through a whole bunch of test ranging from hearing loss to equilibrium and balance tests.

The culprit in my case is that the crystals in my right ear are loose and sloshing around. This is causing vertigo when I am flying. I have been prescribed scopalamine to help with flying. Im told it has a 99% success rate and a duration three days.

Ive been given some tips and meds that may be helpful to others so I thought I would post them:

1) Dont fly on empty stomach. My Dr. says to eat a bland meal that is bread heavy.
2) Drink lots of water. Hydration helps keep the fluid in your ears from running dry.
3) Avoid flights before 9am if possible and get at least 7 hours of sleep the night before.
4) Avoid alcohol and caffeine the day of flight.

Again, those are all things that may help if you are dealing with this like I am. If you arent, I suppose it doesnt matter.

Thanks again to everyone who replied!  



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