It could just be a coincidence of timing. Some people restenose quickly, which would be around the time they'd be flying home, and the flying is suspected when it would have happened anyway.
Drury, thanks for sharing that, it's good to know a doc's imput! And he's also been in the position to see various patients fly home and know what their health was afterwards. Being on blood thinners would protect against a clot from air travel.
HP, yes, I've had trouble with altitude too, as recently as this April with a transatlantic flight that brought on some MS issues. And my initial optic neuritis came on after a trip in which we flew to Hawaii and hiked Mt. Haleakala.
So is the problem just the change in altitude with the flying or is it the pressure upon take-off and landing? How would either of these affect the vein wall, would the pressure make elastic recoil more likely? Or is that a bit of a stretch? How would change of altitude affect a vein that wants to pop back into its malformed state? I don't fully see how but I am still wary....
Trish, yes, that's the same trip I'm looking at from NY back to the midwest. If he gets any answer from the doctor (or even asks the question!) let us know, ok?
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