Pinched Nerve Caused by a Bulging Disc
If you are experiencing pinched nerve symptoms caused by a bulging disc and are planning a long airplane trip, there are a few ways to make the flight a little less unpleasant. You might not be able to avoid the pain, tingling, numbness and muscle weakness associated with an impinged nerve root altogether, but you may be able to minimize your discomfort for at least long enough to make it to your destination in reasonably good shape.
Planning ahead is key
The one thing you don’t want to do when you fly with a pinched nerve caused by a bulging disc is simply show up at the airport without a plan. Here are a few steps to take in order to make your airplane trip as bearable as possible:
- If you are on prescription medicine, make sure you have enough for the duration of your trip.
- Ask for an aisle seat when booking the flight.
- Pack lightly, especially if you are not checking your luggage.
- Stay hydrated during the flight.
- Try to walk around, if allowed, at least once an hour. Stretch, if there’s room.
- If walking long distances is a problem, ask for a wheelchair at your home airport and your destination.
A long-term solution
You needn’t let a pinched nerve caused by a bulging disc control your life forever. Most of the time, these symptoms can be managed non-surgically, using pain medication, exercise, stretching, behavior modification and other conservative treatments. However, if chronic discomfort persists despite weeks or months of conservative treatment, surgery might become an option. If so, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn how our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures performed using advanced technology may be able to help you find meaningful relief from neck and back pain.