“In terms of travelling, I’m not really that limited”
This patient testimonial reflects only this person’s opinions about their own care. Each person’s case is unique and you should always consult a doctor for information and advice about the diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly.
If you are planning a trip away, whether it is for a few days or a few weeks or more, getting travel insurance can give you peace of mind.
A big concern for many people with chronic conditions, and not just acromegaly, is what will happen if you get sick while away from home, particularly if in another country.
Some insurance companies may be reluctant to offer travel insurance to people with chronic conditions as they may be more likely to make a claim.
However, it is possible to get travel insurance and it could offer you the reassurance you need to travel without the worry of what may happen if you get sick or lose something valuable.
Check out your options before booking your travel, and be prepared to ask several companies before taking out your insurance to get the best deal.
European residents may also be eligible to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This provides emergency hospital treatment should you need within the European Union and certain other countries, although it should not be used as an alternative to getting travel insurance.
If you need to take medication while you are away, ask your primary care physician or specialist doctor for a letter stating why the medication had been prescribed and how often you must take it.
This is particularly important if you are carrying a liquid or injectable medication and travelling through airport or other similar security that limits the amount of liquid you can carry or the transport of sharp objects such as needles.
Take details of your prescription with you in case you need to obtain more medication while you are away. And, ensure you read the patient information leaflet(s) that come with your medication(s) to check how the medication needs to be stored.
If your medication needs to be kept cool, check how long you will be travelling and if going to a hot climate invest in a specialist medical cool bag.
If in doubt, consult someone in your healthcare team for advice on travelling with medication or ask your local patient support group for help.
If you are taking any medication for acromegaly or other medical condition and travelling away from home, particularly if in another country, it is also good idea to carry medical identification with you or wear a medical alert bracelet in case of an emergency.
Read practical tips to help make your life with acromegaly easier, including tips from others living with the condition
Find an acromegaly patient support group in your country to find out about local activities and events that you may be able to attend
Learn about acromegaly including what causes this slowly evolving condition, and the early symptoms and signs