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:) On Tuesday I've got to fly to Philadelphia for a work related conference. I live in Hawaii and such a long trip is filling me with dread. I made three trips back to England last year when my father was terminally ill and on two of them I was completely non-functional for the first few days home. My POTS has got progressively worse over the past month, although I have finally found a specialist here who is willing to try and help me. I won't be seeing him till I get back from Philly, however.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has any advice as to how I can make this trip more tolerable. I am trying to get as much rest as I can beforehand and I am feeling a lot improved compared to my awful Christmas Day. But I am still very anxious about making this trip.

Also, I've read elsewhere that NSAIDs like Ibuprofen can be of some help to POTS sufferers. Has anyone had experience of this and would this be worth trying for my trip?

Hauoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year) (You have not experienced New Year if you haven't experiened it in Hawaii--it's only 6pm here and my house is already filling with smoke from firecrackers that have been going off since Christmas Eve!)

India

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India hi.. is there anyway that you can get hooked up to some IV fluids before your trip??? to and from hawaii? I never have flown.. but have read by others that fluids either by mouth or IV help get them thru.. perhaps ask Lauren.. aka. dizzy dame.. she had a plane trip from hawaii across the US here not to long ago.. maybe she'd have some more pointers??

good luck and be well

Linda.. and happy new year!!!

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India...I have flown internationally many times with POTS. Here is some advice: Drink plenty of fluids; avoid caffeine and alcohol. Eat on the plane. Avoid high-sugar desserts, etc. Wear compression stockings. Get up and walk around frequently. Stick to your normal med schedule as best as possible. Plan for plenty of rest the day of your arrival. You may be wiped out for a couple days but I found that the activities going on pushed me to the limits. Try to get as much sleep as you can during the trip. I even take a sleeping pill if the flight is long to get as much rest as possible. If possible, go to bed early. And, finally, have a safe and healthy trip! Lois

:)

PS Some people say that increased doses of Vitamin B complex before and during the travel helps with jet lag. Others like mestinon.

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