Gout & Flying

April 8, 2012 in Gout Related

There is truthfully very little to say about gout & flying – it is a non-issue.

There is absolutely no connection between gout and flying, but there could be general health concerns that apply to everyone – not just gout patients. These concerns will be exacerbated by longer flights.

Essentially, there are no specific changes that affect you during flight, but there may be secondary problems that make flying difficult for the gout patient. These are issues of mobility and hydration.

Gout & Flying: Mobility

Sitting still for hours is not unique to flying. Long journeys by most methods of transport involve the same immobility, as does many jobs.

I cannot find any gout studies about the affects of immobility on gout, so I will write from my own experiences. I have found that long periods of sitting can make knee and ankle joints very stiff, making walking difficult. One advantage of air travel against driving is that, unless you are the pilot, you can make time to keep joints moving. The exercises recommended to avoid deep vein thrombosis are good for gout patients. Standing and walking are encouraged, so trips to the toilet help, combined with…

Gout & Flying: Hydration

You should be aware that water is the gout sufferers friend.

Flying can lead to dehydration as cabin air is often dry, and some flight operators make it hard to replenish fluids. Water is good, but any fluids will do, though excess alcohol should be avoided. Check before you fly that drinks will be available, and check the security implications of taking your own fluids on board.

Gout & Flying: Next Steps

I have explained there is no problem with flying if you have gout. For most people, flying indicates a vacation or important business trip that would be ruined by a gout attack. This can lead to anxiety, but the best way to beat that stress is to be prepared.

Follow the advice about mobility and hydration, but also ensure that you have your gout meds with you – they may be hard to replace at your destination if you forget them. If you have colchicine, it is good to start taking this as a preventative a few days before your flight, and during your vacation.

Enjoy your flight!


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2 responses to Gout & Flying

  1. I have a very high amount of gout in my body my doctor told me yesterday.he is prescribeing medication.also said one of my blood pressure pills is to cause it so have stopped that pill.when I go on holliday anytime my feet and legs are impossible to walk on on the way back due to feet and ankles swollen.so I am wondering if this medication will help.i fly to turkey sept.and am considering cancelling due to worry.thanks s.tayloe

    • Sorry for delay in replying. Your comment got held up by a technical problem, which is now fixed.

      I can’t answer your specific question, because you don’t say what gout medicine you are taking.

      Generally speaking, I don’t think anyone should stop doing anything just because of gout. I have an “Acute Gout Attack Treatment Plan” that anyone can follow. I’m happy to help you work with you and your doctor to create such a plan if you want. That way, you never have to stop flying when you have gout.

      Can you add a few details about what gout meds you are on in your profile at http://www.gout-pal.com/users/sharron-taylor-902/profile/

      Sorry if this is too late for your planned trip to Turkey.I hope you haven’t canceled it, as I’m sure we can work something out to help you enjoy it.

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