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Old 08-12-2018, 01:01 AM   #1
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Hi all, I am here to ask about my Dad. He has neuropathy, particularly in his feet, and we were wondering if anyone had ideas that would help him get through a flight from Ohio, USA to Brisbane, Australia? Would getting him one of the lay flat beds help? or maybe the ones with recline functions? any tricks?

I know he can pace the plane and can get more meds we were just looking for other ideas.

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Old 08-12-2018, 05:24 PM   #2
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Hey i have neuropathy and im 28,it honestly wasnt too bad for me.But a few tips would be to wear long pants since it will be cold in the plane,get up from the seat here and there,if you havnt chosen the seats already,sit in front near the exit where there is plenty of leg space,overall leg space is important for stretching.
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Old 08-12-2018, 11:59 PM   #3
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Hi all, I am here to ask about my Dad. He has neuropathy, particularly in his feet, and we were wondering if anyone had ideas that would help him get through a flight from Ohio, USA to Brisbane, Australia? Would getting him one of the lay flat beds help? or maybe the ones with recline functions? any tricks?

I know he can pace the plane and can get more meds we were just looking for other ideas.

Thanks
Just did a 6.5 hr flight and I wore medical compression stockings. They felt nice and are intended to help blood flow I believe. Cost $40 and can be found at most drug stores. They are tight and a tough to put on, some maybe have him put these on before heading to the airport.
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Old 08-13-2018, 02:33 AM   #4
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I wore compression stockings for one flight and I thought they helped with nerve pain. For another flight, I didn't think they helped.

If I could afford lie-flat beds, or seats that more fully reclined, I might travel more. I think they'd help. I've taken a long train trip, with a roomette where I could sleep at night, and I felt pretty decent when I arrived. I also have a sleeping pill that I use when my pain levels are up--and during this train trip--and decent sleep definitely helps.

Not clear what his triggers are or symptoms. For me, making sure I could get good rest when I arrive and scheduling any of the things that help me--swimming, massage, low stress, healthy food, less walking--would be paramount.
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