Flying With Adrenal Insufficiency On An Aeroplane
Since getting diagnosed with Adrenal Insufficiency in 2013 I soon learnt that there are certain things which will drain the body of cortisol much faster than usual and therefore these things are best to avoid. One of these things is flying on an Aeroplane.
Well, this is best to avoid at least until your adrenal insufficiency is stabled and managed to the point you are well enough to do them. Once your health is stable enough it’s okay to fly on a plane so long as you stress dose, “take extra medication” during the flight and monitor your health carefully. You also have to take an emergency kit in case of adrenal crisis.
For me I have two stress dose rates. One is double and one is triple. For my flight to Paris and my first flight in 7 years I tripled my dose for the day and took extra before we set off.
It’s better to be over for the day and have too much cortisol in the system than not enough and this was a test run for future adventures which could take me further afield.
So getting on the plane was not too bad. I used a wheelchair to go through the baggage, security and passport controls. This helped me to rest up and pace for the journey. Once I was on the plane and we took off I felt a little unwell.
It really wasn’t too bad. I felt a little nausea and a strange pain in my legs but apart from that I managed okay. Once we got out on the other side and drove to our airport hotel I was ready for a rest.
I rested on the bed for about 4 hours and slept. By the next day I was feeling much better and ready to continue the journey. I am really glad I managed the flight okay and that I know what to do. I know how much medication I would need to get through and I know I could probably do a longer flight although I might struggle with exhaustion a little.
Flying on an aeroplane with Adrenal Insufficiency is now something I feel more confident about. It is not something my body would have coped with before I went on the Adrenal Pump 14 months ago but now I can and in future I can go on more family holidays, although we will always have to pace and take things slow.
It sure was great flying to Paris and Disneyland was awesome!