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Nervous Student and Pepto Bismol?

Discussion in 'Ask A Flight Surgeon' started by meritflyer, May 13, 2007.

  1. meritflyer

    meritflyer Well-Known Member

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    Doc,

    I have a student who is a great pilot but has a "nervous stomach". Sometimes just taxiing out, we have to turn around so he can use the bathroom. We've had to come in on a haul ass basis so he can use the bathroom. He says he gets so nervous/excited prior to flight, it makes him have to go.

    He's tried Pepto and Immodium prior to flight. Sounds to me like he has maybe a little IBS but apparently during the day or when he's not flying, he's fine. He told me that real greasy food really messes his stomach up so he avoids it the day of our lessons.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?
  2. My Flight Surgeon

    My Flight Surgeon Sr. Aviation Medical Examiner Staff Member

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    It is just nerves. He needs to avoid eating for 6 hours before flying. I would also suggest he look into some self-relaxation techniques, yoga, etc. to help him work with his anxiety.

    Is your wife all better?
  3. meritflyer

    meritflyer Well-Known Member

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    94.3% better. Just coughs up a lung at night in her sleep.
  4. My Flight Surgeon

    My Flight Surgeon Sr. Aviation Medical Examiner Staff Member

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    That will clear up in a week of so.
  5. meritflyer

    meritflyer Well-Known Member

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    Thanks again for your help Doc.

    Like said, offer to take to the skies is always on the table.
  6. My Flight Surgeon

    My Flight Surgeon Sr. Aviation Medical Examiner Staff Member

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  7. Kristie

    Kristie The cats meow..... Staff Member

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    breathing exercises really help with things like that! maybe if he sat in the seat for a five minutes before taking off and just closed his eyes and took deep breaths he could start seeing the signs and correct it before taking off.

    pepto won't help with that.
  8. meritflyer

    meritflyer Well-Known Member

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    Seriously, the guy gets the runs just thinking about the fact there isnt a toilet within 30 minutes of taking off.

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