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complex migraine and flying.....

Post  katieduk on Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:09 am

Hi guys
newbie here! I have been 'loosely' diagnosed with complex migraine which runs in the family, after having an attack with loss of speech and other symtoms a few weeks back. I am flying away on my hols in couple of weeks time and am concerend It may cause problems as it does with my mother (she is on pizotifen) as I have not been put on any meds (yet). I always feel kinda woozy when I fly but am now really concerned that after my recent attack, it may turn into something horrible.... anyone know of anything i could take eithe OTC or even better something natural which could possibly help prevent the pressure problems?
hope you can help
Kate
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Re: complex migraine and flying.....

Post  Platypus on Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:59 am

It is fairly common for migraineurs to get headaches when deplaning. I think you probably know that nothing sold OTC is worth a damn for migraines and as for natural remedies, eh, sorry. You do not have a migraine abortive? Ask your doctor for a sample. Something fast acting like the Maxalt tongue melt or Sumavel.

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Re: complex migraine and flying.....

Post  charmed quark on Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:45 am

Additionally, stay hydrated during the trip. I don't know why, but that really helps me.

I often pop an advil/ibuprofen and have a small amount of caffeine at the beginning of the flight, which sometime helps prevent my complicated migraines.

But as the previous poster said, you really need an abortant, and possibly a preventative as well.

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Re: complex migraine and flying.....

Post  Sara79 on Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:59 am

There are ear plugs that help with the pressure change, but they will not prevent a migraine, they just keep you from having the discomfort in your ears while landing. They're called earplanes, and I find them at my local pharmacy (maybe different for you, guessing you're UK based from your use of 'hols')

Here's a link to a picture: http://www.walmart.com/ip/10533162?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=21486607510&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem[/url]

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Post  Seaine on Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:46 pm

I have found that hyperventilating helps when flying. Not sure why, and it doesn't prevent the migraine entirely. But the entire trip I just breath as if I'm upset/excited and the migraines is at a "normal" pain level and not off the charts. Also helps a lot with nausea.
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Post  Migrainegirl on Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:16 pm

I have historically had trouble with flying causing migraines. I think mostly due to rapid pressure changes on landing. But the loud PA systems and bad seats seem to contribute too. I recommend a good set of headphones. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. And try to walk around and stretch if its a long flight.
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