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17-Hour Flight + Bad Lower Back = ?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bongolation, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    I'm asking for advice here before I try wrestling with the HMO on this one.

    I have "lower back syndrome" with a little sciatica which hits hard when I sit in a regular chair mostly immobilized for more than a couple of hours -- not so much while sitting, but after getting back up.

    The thought of a trans-Pacific flight (followed by two more connecting flights) in economy is really worrying me. I may be unable to walk for a couple of days.

    Huge numbers of people have lower back problems and fly, presumably.

    Is there some medical solution to this I should ask the doctor about short of the epidural injections I've heard of people actually getting for this but would be impractical for me?

    Thanks for any useful advice!
  2. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    For long flights I usually take Ambien, two pills was enough to knock me down for the whole 15 hours flight between Johannesburg SA and Atlanta. That may help
  3. I feel for you, I have suffered trans-Pacific trips in economy and they were painful...and I don't have a bad back.
  4. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Some airlines offer a "deluxe economy" seat that is not too much more but offers more comfort. Get an aisle seat and you can get up and walk around as often as possible. I see this a lot on Asian airlines such as Cathay Pacific, EVA, etc..
  5. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
  6. Bassisgood4U

    Bassisgood4U Banned

    Jan 30, 2014
    I can't sit for more than about a half hour without my lower back stinging. I'm a spaz anyway, though.
  7. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    Do ankle pumps. If you can stretch a bit. Do not go to the point of aggravating people but keep the blood flowing.

    Talk to your doc about getting a Cellebrex script.

    Keep hydrated.
  8. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    Two words- lumbar support
  9. Ironbar


    Aug 24, 2013
    Portland, Oregon
    Speak to your doctor about getting epidural steroid injections prior to your trip. It is not a cure for your back problem. It is Band-Aid therapy. However, it may ease the pain long enough for you to endure. When I had one, the pain relief lasted about three weeks.
  10. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    17 hour flight = nightmare no matter how you slice it.

    Unless you're in 1st class
  11. kenmeg


    Apr 8, 2008
    Bongolation,I to suffer chronic back pain all I can suggest if you can't have an epidural is some sort of pain killers and a TENS machine.I take Lyrica pregablin which is an anti epileptic drug that dulls the nervous system.

    Good luck Ken.
  12. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Three weeks would be long enough, as I'm only going to be gone about nine or ten days. I had no idea the effects lasted that long.