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Flying (Long Flights)

Hello, I had a Cervical Corpectomy + ACDF on levels C5/6, C6/7 in June of 2012. For the most part I am doing pretty well.
I have found, however that I can never sleep on car rides anymore or on the couch sitting up as it would be very painful to my neck. So I basically force myself to stay awake on road trips if I am the passenger. I would like to go to Europe this Fall, however, I am intimidated by the long flight 7.5 hours and they all leave at 6:50 pm EST. Has anyone flown more than four hours (that's the max I have done and forced myself to stay awake) and if so how did you sleep on the plane. My neck pain has affected my life so much already, I love to travel, and I don't want this taken away from me too, but I can't imagine finding any comfortable way to sleep aboard a long flight. Please help. Many thanks.


  • kinpainkkinpain Posts: 958
    edited 09/08/2014 - 12:57 PM
    Have you tried using a small neck pillow or a small soft pillow? My problem is always at the lumbar level, so I don't have any experience with cervical issues, but these may help. When taking a long flight it always helps me to sleep, although occasionally I stayed awake during the whole 11 hour flight (from the West Coast). It can be done but not optional.

    Wishing you a good trip!

  • I do best on planes leaning forward onto the fold down tray, with a jacket and purse plumped up to raise the level. In one of the airline magazines they sell an inflatable wedge that serves the same purpose. One of these days I may give it a try. bet it can be googled...
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,859
    in a car, train, plane or even a chair is going to cause some discomfort.

    When I have gone on flights longer than 2 hours, I make a point of finding seats near the back or any other part of the plane that I can get up and stretch without really impacting other passengers. When I have flown to Europe, I get up at least every 90 minutes , walk around, stretch and do not go back to my seat for at least 15 minutes.

    This is what makes it comfortable as possible.for me.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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