So, we got back from Croatia last Thursday and I'm still suffering dizziness from the flight. Some of you may remember this happened to me last time I flew - I think it's an inner ear thing but I haven't seen my GP, I'm just waiting for it to go. It will eventually, I think.
It's a bit crap though - it was only a two and a half hour flight. I don't love flying anyway, but it's a way of getting from A to B. However I wouldn't want to risk long term vertigo/dizziness problems so I'm guessing I should never attempt anything long haul, even if I could afford it. Bummer.
It's sad that it affects you so much. I would be cautious about flying in that situation but I think it's worth getting the doctor's opinion. There may be a solution to relieving pressure in the ear if that's the cause.
Do you have pain around your ear / throat? And is it more on one side than the other?
If it's an ear thing it's probably related to the descent, where your ears (both or just one) don't equalise pressure until later on and get stressed or even get infected. (Fortunately there's usually only one descent per flight so a long flight wouldn't be any worse!)
Did you do anything to equalise the pressure? Like swallowing frequently during ascent or descent, helped by sipping water or sucking on a boiled sweet or chewing gum.
Well, the descent in Croatia was quite sharp so I was busy throwing up (the other lovely outcome of dodgy inner ears :/ ) but funnily enough I didn't feel dizzy while I was there. The descent into Luton was much more gentle (no nausea - yay!) but since then I've had dizziness. Both times I took travel tablets (Stugeron).
I really should go to the doctor but I know it will pass eventually, although it seems too be getting somewhat worse.
As a veteran of many ear infections, a major ear surgery, and ongoing hearing assist issues, I encourage you to visit your physician. Middle ear infections can lead to falling down problems. In most cases, it is easily dealt with in a short course antibiotic.
My mother has inner ear problems as well. I don't think she has problems with flying (haven't asked her), but with alcohol. Even one glass of champagne feels like way too much for her because she gets so dizzy from it. She eventually saw a doctor, so I think you should do that as well, Julie. Even though I admittedly don't like seeing doctors myself.