“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. You should always consult a doctor for information and advice about the diagnosis and treatment of acromegaly.
A concern for people with chronic conditions, including acromegaly, is what will happen if you get sick while away from home, particularly if in another country.
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.
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 when travelling.
Explore your travel insurance options before booking your travel. Be prepared to ask several companies about their travel insurance packages to get the best deal for your personal circumstances.
If you need to take medication while you are away, ask your doctor for a letter stating the medication you are taking, why it has 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 airports or other similar security that limits the amount of liquid you can carry or the transport of sharp objects such as needles. It is also important to take details of your prescription with you just in case you need to obtain more medication while you are away.
Make sure 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, you may consider purchasing a specialist medical cool bag to store your medication in.
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 a good idea to carry medical identification with you or wear a medical alert bracelet in case of an emergency.
If in doubt, speak to someone in your healthcare team for advice on travelling with medication. You may also want to ask your local patient support group for help or advice on travelling with medications.
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