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First im sorry if this is in the wrong section but i dont know where else to go.
Im going to try and keep this as short as possible. I have an issue flying. I’ve flown numerous times as a child and teen without a problem. When I last took a flight around 7 years ago I had trouble breathing whilst up in the air and experienced an extreme amount of pressure down my left chest/abdominal area when descending. On both inbound and outbound flights. Coming back was far worse and I thought my inside we going to explode.
Now im not a nervous flyer at all. Its never bothered me. I don’t have that sort of mind set. I was all for jumping out of a plane to do a parachute jump at one point before all this. Love rollercoaster’s and anything like that.
Although I think im medically fit, I have been experiencing some strange upper abdominal pain, tiredness, on and off for a number of years now. This can also include periods where my breathing can become affected and I jump in my sleep. Ive been thoroughly tested! Ultra sound, xrays, CT scans to check pancreas), Echocardiogram (check heart), blood tests, ECG’s, MRI (of heart as they thought I have a Bicuspid aortic valve but it turns out I don’t). As far as the doctors are concerned im fit and well. I still become very unwell I number of times a year, but its all been put down to stress. Touch wood im feeling pretty good at the moment.
Ive been pretty scared to fly since my last problems and I therefore haven’t. Ive done everything I can to avoid it. I’m getting a little pressure from my partner to fly and again people think im just nuts. But I don’t know why I felt the way I did and it obviously wasn’t just a one off and it was pretty terrifying at the time.
I think I made things worse on the return flight as I had a 2 alcoholic drinks before I got on the plane and another whilst up in the air thinking it might help. But im guessing that could have made things worse as everything I’ve read recommends against it.
So my question is has this or does this happen to anyone else? I can’t find anything similar apart from people getting a bit of stomach pressure from the trapped air, but I know it wasn’t that. I can therefore only put this down to the air quality and oxygen levels on the plane making my feel like crap and affecting my breathing.
I know you can request to be provided oxygen on a plane but how easy is this to obtain if the doctors consider you medically fit?
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