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Bellea606

308d

hi friends. I'm hoping for some advice about flying with POTS. I'm taking a flight tomorrow and im very nervous.

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    • NewYork

      308d

      Hi, that’s understandable that you’re nervous. I flew a few years back with POTS and it is a little harder. A few tips I have are to take an empty water bottle through security and fill it up once you go past security. In a lot of airports they have water bottle fill stations. Also take a throw away water to have right before security so that you also have water while you’re waiting. They will also give you water on the plane if you ask. Have salty snacks in your personal bag. They’ll also have some in the plane, but definitely take your own. Wear compression socks if you wear them and hydrate A Lot beforehand and keep up with your salt. If your traveling alone then maybe try to have a medical bracelet and I would personally tell a flight attendant about your condition in case something happens. Maybe print out a medical paper to give them. There may be tips for flying with medical conditions on the airport website. Good luck with your flight, I hope it goes well 😊

    • 55isMe

      306d

      Im not sure about flying, but i have issues with any sitting upright. I need to be at more of a 30 degrees from vertical. So, You my necessity move of sitting, might help you. It has brought some flares to a quick stop. I scoot to the front of the seat as far as i can and then bring knees to my chest to get my heels on the seat. Then relax knees and back so the abdomen is not too scrunched. Im not sure why it works but it does for me.

    • Alfubet

      306d

      Compression socks or even better compression leggings are a huge help for me. I also wear sea bands when I fly. I’ll second the water bottle and salty snacks as well!

    • NewYork

      308d

      Hi, that’s understandable that you’re nervous. I flew a few years back with POTS and it is a little harder. A few tips I have are to take an empty water bottle through security and fill it up once you go past security. In a lot of airports they have water bottle fill stations. Also take a throw away water to have right before security so that you also have water while you’re waiting. They will also give you water on the plane if you ask. Have salty snacks in your personal bag. They’ll also have some in the plane, but definitely take your own. Wear compression socks if you wear them and hydrate A Lot beforehand and keep up with your salt. If your traveling alone then maybe try to have a medical bracelet and I would personally tell a flight attendant about your condition in case something happens. Maybe print out a medical paper to give them. There may be tips for flying with medical conditions on the airport website. Good luck with your flight, I hope it goes well 😊

      • Bellea606

        308d

        @NewYork thank you so much! 🙏

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"Airplanes haven't been too much of an issue for some people with POTS since they're sitting down the whole time and the cabin is pressurized. If you ever do feel POTS-y or lightheaded while sitting down, you can do some deep breathing and drink some water. Moving your legs around while seated is also pretty helpful to prepare before getting out of the plane. Stay hydrated as much as possible and eat some salty snacks. Wear compression socks and eat as much salt and drink as much water as you can. You might have to lay down with your legs up above your head to deal with the swelling when you get there."

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