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Anyone else get terrible stiff neck / back and zombie headache when spending hours on an airplane ?

 

For me, it is the super chilled air(co), the jet-fuel smells, the bad crampy seat with hardly any leg space

 

I start to cramp up, even I take Tylenol, the pains just don't go away.

 

I don't like to fly at all, but no choice... Immigration made me a visa runner after divorce with hostile ex-wife.
 

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Probably dehydration.

 

Moving to health forum.

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1 hour ago, justin case said:

Anyone else get terrible stiff neck / back and zombie headache when spending hours on an airplane ?

Nope!

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Not really, but then I only fly to Vietnam/China/Cambodia, so it's only an hour, two at the most.

On the other hand, my hostile ex-wife gave me many monster headaches.

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I super hydrated the day before

 

I drank enough in the morning

 

Good I did not drink too much as there was a 1 hour queue at Suvi immigration

 

I bought more water in the only place that sells it at a almost normal price : BOOTS

 

I did put counterpain all over my neck at shoulders at the beginning of the pain ...they must have been happy on the plane

 

I took 2 Tylenol with food, to no avail

 

but I guess most people here are rich & just book a business class seat anyway

 

thanks for the replies ...  

 

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Perhaps stay off coffee and even tea before and during flight.

You can also try to pre-book a prefered seat.
 

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Read up on sinus discomfort which is exacerbated on take off and landing due to difficulty in equalising air pressure. It is never a problem for me except for the time I was dozing on landing and I forgot to remove my noise isolating ear buds. This resulted in an intense headache which cleared within a few hours.

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Fly business next time to eliminate the crappy seats as a source of the problem.

 

Google 'clearing eustachian tube' as that might help (like a scuba diver) but that shouldn't affect the neck.

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It's note a tuma....    (sorry, saw a Schwarzenegger flick last night)

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As several already have pointed out: most likely dehydration. Because of the low air pressure and the dry air from air con. 

 

Except for typical non alc drinks, you can try coffee (unless you want to sleep, of course), it has a nice counter effect to head aches. 

 

NEVER combine paracetamol with alcohol!! 

 

If you need pain-killer, consider first neck and head massage and/or something like tiger balm.

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5 hours ago, Enki said:

NEVER combine paracetamol with alcohol!!

I think you're getting mixed up with aspirin there...

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6 hours ago, Enki said:

NEVER combine paracetamol with alcohol!!

12 minutes ago, ukrules said:

I think you're getting mixed up with aspirin there...

It's not unusual for a long flight to Thailand will end with an enormous headache. It's called "immigration".

 

Enki is correct: paracetamol and alcohol use the same enzymes to metabolise so it's a strain on your liver.

 

 

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