Flying makes me sick, sometimes really sick. After a flight, it can leave me dizzy for days. Throughout my life I have always had problems with motion sickness. Most of my family members get motion sick as well.
I actually don't mind flying and traveling to new places, but motion sickness can make the experience absolutely miserable. About 5 years ago, I took a small flight to Sacramento. I was slightly ill in the days prior which enhanced the awful experience. I vowed to never fly again.
A business trip opportunity recently came up to fly to Ohio. It would be a stress-free trip (meaning that I wouldn't have to give any presentations, just go and participate.) I decided to give flying another try.
While there are several medications and options out there, I tried several new things this time. Mostly with the aid of this article: "How I Hardly EVER Get Motion Sickness Anymore... I used everything from the Bose headphones, appropriate sleep, hydration, anti-socialness, listening to calm music, and even some oils (peppermint & lavender). In addition, I did still used a less-drowsy Dramamine pill, and I also used earplanes to manage the air pressure. Overkill?
The flight itself was a smooth flight. But overall, what worked, what didn't? I don't care. I think the multiple things combined to help me stay relaxed and comfortable was key. The flight was a much, much more manageable experience than ever before. And while I still felt a little loopy after each flight there and back, the dizziness was minimal and I was functional just fine.
The worst part of the trip? I actually got quite motion sick because of the several bus rides we took. I was dreading taking the flight home after feeling so awful, but between a good exercise and a deep sleep, I felt good enough for the flight back home.
In addition, I avoided elevators at all costs. I took the stairs everywhere I could. I hate elevators!!!
Am I excited to fly again? Not really. But I at least have hope that I can reduce the effects of motion-sickness from flying in the future.