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Does anyone else experience vertigo after a cruise...
..or am I the only one. My husband says I am crazy and I am just sad because the cruise is over, but I feel like I am rocking back and forth. I don't recall feeling like this last year, but we had a few days in a hotel afterwards and a few drinks by the pool probably cured it. This is driving me crazy!
Jenn and Mitch and Marshall
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Actually you're not crazy but it is all in your head. More correctly it's due to your vestibular labyrinth which is part of your inner ear. During a cruise your inner ear adjusts to the rocking and rolling of the ship. It's kind of like a computer in that it gets "programmed" to deal with the movement. What you're experiencing is once you're off the ship your inner ear needs to reprogram itself and for some folks it takes longer than others.
The Medical term for this condition is "Debarque Syndrome" as in de-bark. A friend of ours could not seem to shake the dizziness (Lasted months), ended up in physical therapy and was advised not to cruise again as she is now more suseptable to having a reoccurance.
If it was a rocky cruise I always have a good case of "land legs" (aka opposite of "sea legs") when I get back. I'll be sitting at my computer at work and sudddenly fell like I'm falling forward. Goes away with time, and I actually kinda like the sensation, usually reminds of the great trip I was just on.
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After our many sailings, yes, I experience a minor dizziness. Not exactly dizziness, but like some sort of a movement motion, if that makes sense. It doesn't bother me, in fact, it kind of keeps me in the moment of remembering the ship!
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I used to get it a lot but hadn`t had it for a few years until this past May. Returned from a 21 day cruise on HAL and really suffered for a while after de barking. My Dr. seemed to think I`d probably picked up an inner ear virus from swimming, but I`m not so sure......jean
There is a rare syndrome that is becoming more common as cruising increases. A person takes month or year to get their "sea legs" back after a cruise, boat ride, or even an airplane trip. Many of us have had this syndrome for years after taking a cruise. If you feel a rocking, swaying, or bobbing motion, imbalance, and fatigue and have difficulty concentrating every day, all day, you probably have this. For a select few after being on a boat, plane or in car this feeling gets longer every time. We are not crazy or making this up it is a documented vestibular syndrome. It is generally thought to be an inability of
the brain to re adjust to land.
This is called Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDs). If you need information email me or contact http://nhffoundations.net or type in Mal de Debarquement into Google. A lot of people feel like they are going crazy when the rocking doesn't stop for weeks or months and this actual effects your ability to think and speak for most people, in some degree. We are trying to increase awareness of this syndrome and let people know what they have. I have had this for over two years after a cruise. I have had other shorter episodes after boat rides and cruises.
It is true that other types of vertigo are similar to this syndrome, but many doctors have never heard of this. Most of the people in our support group (yahoo) self-diagnosed and had to print out Medical articles (Dr. Timothy Hain) to take to our own doctors. I am just trying to get the word out that there is such a syndrome for the people who are struggling with this. I had this after my first cruise for 1.5 years; it went away in one day. I went on a 2nd cruise 6 months later and now have had it 24/7, for 2 years and 4 months, not fun. We have over 100 people in our support group and some have had it over 14 years. They cannot work or function normally. Some drugs are helpful for different people. But it helps to get ideas on treatments and coping skills.