- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2013
So my flight to ft lauderdale Sept 28th was pretty much better than I expected. With the general anticipatory anxiety and heart racing I was fine the whole flight.
Well, coming home Oct 5th was a different story.
I hadn’t gotten the best sleep that night prior, maybe 4-5 hours? I also was mid-AF…and was basically drained (literally).
The flight started good, I was fine, it wasn’t until maybe 25,000 ft (just before preparing to land) that I started to feel funky. It was late, and the flight was at it’s 2 hour mark out of 2 1/2. Time was about 6:30pm.
I had gotten up to go to the bathroom before (cruising altitude) and I was fine, stood up and walked around the plane a bit because I get cramps in my calves and thighs since I sit all the time for work too.
The 2nd time around, though, I stood up to use the restroom and felt dizzy, and my heart raced…I figured I stood to quickly or needed more water, although I always and was drinking a ton.
I go to the bathroom… not without panic, of course…and stand up and I’m literally shaking, I hurry to wash my hands and unlock the hinge and continue to feel lightheaded and “off”.
I sit down and my heart is still racing, I chug more water, eat some snacks and try to relax with music. I was alright for a bit but then the capitain started to prepare for landing..
At this point we’re hovering around 24,000 before the initial descent.
Plane starts to drop 1,000-2,000′ every few minutes (I’m pretty much fine with this any other flight, except the one on the way to our honeymoon it bothered me as well).
Every time plane descends those few thousand feet, my heart drops and races. I try to ignore it and listen to music and talk to my husband. It continued.
I then get so annoyed with myself because I see everyone else all normal, and well me? Not so much. I see a daughter on her moms lap all carefree, and remember how I used to feel that way, and how I WAS that way on the WAY to our vacation just a week prior.
What was different THIS time??
Then the plane begins to bank, a few times, but one time specifically felt really harsh, more of a turn than normal almost like a complete U shape rather than a [ (Only way I can explain it)
The sensation felt like I was made of lead, I could barely lift my arms, I felt like my body weighed 1,000 lbs. Heart continued to race, I felt VERY short of breath and chewed gum to try to balance out my breathing.
I tried staring out the window, beautiful sunset, but it wasn’t working…I tried conversing with my SIL and her husband who also gets anxiety, but this didn’t feel like anxiety. I WASN’T ANXIOUS!
I don’t know what that physiological feeling was,….it’s better to blame my psychiological issues but when I wasn’t having them at the time…it’s hard to find a real reason.
Anyone ever get this sensation? Am I just more sensitive than most people to what goes on when you’re on an airplane?
This was literally my 12th flight, and I have only felt this on my 9th flight while landing.
Does sleep have anything to do with this? My cycle?
I see my cardiologist next week on the 23rd. I dont have any heart issues but I’m ruling things out prior to TTC.
Thanks all 🙂