Post # 1
I am going to Florida in Sept with Fiance to hopefully book our destination wedding. When I was a teenager, I could get on an airplane with no problems. The last time Fiance and I flew I had what I think was a panic attack. It was uncontrollable. I got dizzy, light headed, my stomach cramped, I was sweating uncontrollably, and couldn’t breathe. I don’t know what changed in me, but now when I see pictures of planes on TV or think about being cramped in a tin can in the sky, I feel myself getting dizzy like I could faint (I am just someone that easily faints if worked up to the point of panic…really helpful in emergencies, I know.) I know it’s only a 2 hour flight, but I really don’t want this to happen again. It was really embarassing.
Has anyone ever called their doctor and asked for something to take for a flight? I was wondering if they will give me a prescription for something to help with anxiety. I get sick when I drink, or else I would do shots before boarding, HAHA. I just remember being in complete misery the last time I flew and I can’t let this sort of fear escalate because I don’t want it to keep me from going places.
Post # 3
Yup, I do. I take xanax (alprazolam) every time I fly. I will have a panic attack without it. I went to my doctor before our honeymoon and she prescribed me a few just in case. I actually didnt need it for the flight down because I was SO excited, but it always helps me.
Post # 4
Yes. I’m like you. I used to have no problems flying and now it gives me anxiety. Whenever I’m going on a trip, I call my doctor and he prescribes a few ativans.
Post # 5
Probably depends on the doctor–mine would require a couple of referral appointments, bloodwork all sorts of other stuff before just handing over some anti-anxiety meds (but that’s an HMO for you, red tape everywhere!).
That said… If Benadryl makes you drowsy, pop a couple before boarding and hopefully the sleepies will get you through the flight too tired to be anxious. It’s nigh on impossible to OD on Benadryl, after all.
Other options, if they work for you, would be aromatherapy (lavender), meditation before hand and during the flight (guided via iPod, for instance), or having something to focus on besides the plane environs (like lamaze classes with their focal object and breathing, all about reducing the stress).
Post # 6
@PitBulLover: and @Theresa90405: we are birds of a feather! What a terrible feeling it is to have anxiety on a plane.
If he won’t give me a subscription, I will do what @thirdtimebride: suggested…I didn’t think of Benadryl….do you know of any guided meditations that are good for the ipod?
Post # 7
Hey This is sort of happening to me too! I travel ALOT (DH and I had a long distance relationship for a while and I live very far away from all my family) and actually the more I fly the more anxious I get. I think it has to do with the fact that I am now more aware of all the news whenever something happens to an airplane and I wasn’t aware when I was a teenager.
Anyways, What I do sometimes is take a benadryl or an advil PM and try to sleep. IF you have in-flight tv or movie then try to focus on that. or see a movie on your laptop/ipad. If you want to see a movie pick an action or comedy movie that doesn’t feel like it’s tking forever. That way you’ll be entertained and 2 hours will have passed by before you know it!
Post # 8
@merenguito: nice! I wonder if I can get a movie on my old ipod nano…never tried! Anyway, I think I am like you in the sense that I am now more aware of what is going on around me when I”m on a plane and the older I get the more scared I am. 🙁 boo being older.
Post # 9
I was a frequent flyer traveling the globe but for some reason after college I suddenly had a huge fear and anxiety (distractions were of no help). I read an article that said it is estimated that after the age of 25 our mortality becomes more prevalent in our thinking and fears such as flying are exaggerated.
Benadryl is a great idea. I had a drink before my last flight and that helped immensely. 😉
@PitBulLover: @Theresa90405: @PitBulLover Are there any side effects that you have experienced/are aware of with your perscription meds?
Post # 10
you could try hypnotherapy – supposed to be great for dealing with phobias! good luck, hope your travels go well