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Thread: Flying after surgery - how does head feel when you fly?

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    Default Flying after surgery - how does head feel when you fly?

    I had brain surgery last September, 2010, so it's been a year, but where I had the surgery my left side, entry was from my temple down to below my ear. My head still feels very tight round that area and reacts when I am tired, move wrongly, allsorts, basically telling me it is there. I want to fly in three weeks, but feel nervous about how my head will react. Can anyone please tell me how they have felt flying and if it affects your head in any way. Thank you. xx
    Sandy x

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    Hi Sandy

    I've not flown myself since, but there are a few on here who have - Penny is our resident jet setter so when she sees your post I'm sure she'll reply - from sunny Turkey


    TTFN

    Lots of Love

    Sami xx

    "Each day is a gift and not a given right"

    SAH 25th August 2006 - Right Post Comm Artery - Coiled 2 aneurysms

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    Hi Sandy

    I've flown quite a few times since my SAH but only on domestic flights, to visit family in England. I was very nervous about flying and how my head might feel. So I got myself prepared! I took pain killers 30 minutes before I boarded the plane, to try and stop any possible headache. I had to close my eyes on take off as I got very dizzy and the same when landing. I no longer take painkillers because I don't get a headache when flying but I do still get very dizzy on the take off and landing. I also wear in flight ear plugs to cut out the noise from the engine.

    The worst part of it all for me is actually dealing with the airport. I find the noise, the lights and the amount of people difficult to deal with. This leaves me tired when I arrive at my destination but I just go straight for a lie down. This has put me off travelling further at the moment but it's on my 'to do list'! Next year we are going Christmas shopping to New York, so plenty of time for me to psyched up for it!

    There are quite a few 'jet setters' on this site and fly all over the place! I'm sure you will get plenty of more adice/information from them once they read your post. Good luck and enjoy (I'm assuming you're flight is for pleasure)!
    Liz xx





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    Hi Sandy

    Ive flown to florida and back this year. I found it fine, i ws worried too. Was very tired though after a day at airport and flight.
    Take care
    Traci S

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    Hi there I am currently at a hotel in Liverpool we fly to Greece in the morning I do get a little pain in my ears when landing, but it effects different people different ways just fly and have a great time. We have been given a second chance I for one want to grab it with both hands. Let us know how you get on. Jess.xxx
    Had a sah sept 7th 02 and another aneuerysm clipped jan 03

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    Hi Sandy,

    I had a coiling surgery and have an annie being monitored, I flew 3 months post surgery, No headhurtys, during or after the flight. My doc told me no matter whether it was coiled or clipped or an annie being monitored the air pressure of a commercial airoplane does not effect inside the head.

    Hope this helps
    Best Wishes
    Gaynor

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    I had coiling and have a shunt and flying does not affect me at all and I fly several times a year. If you are concerned have a chat with your doctor. A word of warning, just make sure your insurance people are aware of the SAH.
    Penny

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    Hiya, I have flown since my SAH and was fine I get these little blue ear plugs called airplanes ( I think) and put them in before take off and again when landing and they stop my ears hurting. I had this problem before my SAH something to do with pressure changes, now solved with the blue plugs, I feel a bit of an idiot with them in though

    Vivien

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    Hi Sandy,
    My surgery was on the right and the burr hole is at my temple too. My scar is also down to just beside my ear lobe. I have had 3 trips abroad and had no issues with my head during flights at all. In fact I would go as far as to say I have less ear pain on the descent than I had in the past. Have a great time.

    Sally x

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    I had coiling done and have flown quite a few time since first time been just 5 weeks after surgery drink plenty of fluids and have painkiller at the ready just incase if your really nervous have a chat with your Doctor first

    donna

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