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   Posted 9/28/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I will prob have to make a trip to London in about 3 weeks to go to my fiance immgration interview  they want me to be present as well sighsss would love a vaca away but im not sure about the timing as I am still having so much probs sense my accident not to mention tons of doc appointments coming up with more test.  I will be going after all my emg and mri and doc appointment with ortho. 
I was wondering if anyone who has back pain has attemted air travel and if so how did you manage it?  Was there any special accomadations that were make ahead of time?  How did you all deal with the pain of being on an airplane for an extended amount of time?
Any imput would be greatful

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   Posted 9/29/2008 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Lara,

I have done alot of flying and as far as I know there are no special accomodations (?) unless you are handicapped. The only time I was ever offered assistance was a few years back in Mexico. I was there on vacation and had 2 emergency surgeries, my drs had to write a letter stating I was fit for travel before being allowed to board the plane. I was in a wheel chair and I was placed on the plane before anyone else and did not have to go thru any of the long lines.

One thing you must do if this will be a very long flight is to get up & down and move around to avoid potential blood clots in your legs. This is a very serious thing the airlines are now warning passengers of.

Just be sure to take your medication as usual and have it on your person and not in a suitcase. If you are not on a muscle relaxer, I suggest getting one from your dr, it will help you relax those muscles. Good luck.   Susie




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   Posted 9/30/2008 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I do not believe there are special accommodations either, other than allowing you to board the plane early, especially if you use a cane or walker.

What I found extremely helpful on my recent trip was getting the very first seat behind first class...and the seat on the aisle. There is more leg room on these particular seats and being on the aisle will allow you to get up and down as you please to walk and stretch. I also believe the seats at the emergency exits have more room, but with back pain that is not a responsibility you would want, at least I didn't.

Definitely have your medications in your carry-on bag.
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   Posted 9/30/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Be prepared to take your shoes off, so wear flip flops as they are easy to get on and off.
I agree with Mochiah (Sue) get an aisle seat. It does make it easier when you have to go
to the bathroom. Get a small pad lock to put on you carry on if you put your medication in
the carry on, but try to get a fanny pack and keep your medicine close that way, as it would
be better. And I hope you don't get a child behind you, I had a child behind me kicking my seat
the whole 2 hour flight (making many complaints) and I felt like heck and had to take a
pain medicine right then with no food and got nauseated, it was a wicked flight
. I'd rather suffer a two day car trip than fly....... Keep flying to the birds
soft hugz and I wish you a pleasant trip. good luck...
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   Posted 9/30/2008 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all for the info,
I am not sure if I will be going of not, I have not been feeling well at all these last 2 weeks, its been a chore just to do what I ab****ly have to do and no more.  Not sure what has make me worse but its been bad.
I will have to decide soon if I will be going because if not then I will have to get a letter from the doc saying that I am unable to make the trip.
I so wish to go though I could use a week of doing nothing at all and having someone to take care of me for a change sighsssss...Plus I really miss my fiance so much I havent seen him in about 6 months...I was due to visit him the end of aug but then I got into my accident and that had to be cancled.  Oh well right we can only do what we can, hopefuly I will be able to make it!
Thanks again for all the help

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   Posted 9/30/2008 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Is it possible for your fiance to visit you? I don't know where the immigration thing stands, and whether he could have a temporary visa even to come see you briefly as you're both going through the process.

Then you wouldn't have to worry about the flight, but maybe the two of you could go on a little trip.


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   Posted 10/1/2008 10:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lara:

I haven't been doing very well so haven't posted much, but stopped in to read... Forgive me that I haven't closely read all the responses here so I apologize if some of this is redundant. This is just from my experiences on planes after my injury...

1) Although I've not been able to get special accommodations ahead of time, the people at the ticket counter have always been SUPER kind to me when I've explained my problem to them and in most cases they've made switches for me then so that I could have an aisle seat and if possible one that is in a forward row with additional leg room too.

2) My best friend during the flight is the little u-shaped pillow that is designed to wrap around your neck, but I put it right at the base of my spine open side up instead. It provides support for me and "cradles" my spine without putting any pressure on it. Perfect and easily portable.

3) Rolling Luggage! There is new luggage now that has caster wheels that roll in all directions. This eliminates the need to "tilt" the luggage to pull it through the terminal. instead, you can roll it along beside you completely upright. It acts almost as a walker, really. No pressure or weight at all on your back or arm.

Best of luck to you. I hope you are feeling much better when you read this.

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   Posted 10/2/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Ry for the helpful info never even thought about the pillow that sounds like a great idea.  Im still not sure if im gonna go or not, would really love to but being so close to christmas and loosing a weeks worth of money that close well sighsss, im sure you get the jist.
But sometimes you just have to do what you have to do and I am so in need of rest and relaxation.
I am sorry to hear that you are not doing so well.  I really hope that you start to feel better soon Ry.  Hugs!! Wish I had a majic wand and could make it all better for everyone.
Take care Lara
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