Feeling Dizzy After a Cruise Ship Vacation?
Carol and I are just home from a fabulous 10-day cruise of Alaska’s Inside Passage. We sailed with Crystal Cruises from Vancouver to Seward and had a fabulous time. More on that later.
What I wanted to share with you today is that as I’m typing these words, my desk and computer are seemingly moving about as though I were still on the cruise ship. While my sensations are not particularly intense, it is quite noticeable.
If you’re reading this and feeling similar sensations, don’t be alarmed, it’s a symptom called Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (or MdDS). Some have described it as trying to walk on a mattress or perhaps a trampoline after being on a cruise. I’ve experienced this before, and my symptoms went away after a day or so.
If you’d like to read a little more about Mal de Debarquement Syndrome, click here.
Meanwhile, after I get my photographs sorted, and my computer stops swaying from the illusionary waves, I’ll swing back around and tell you all about our Crystal Cruises experience.
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My mother experienced this same sensation and it never went away. She has since passed, but MdDS stayed with her for life….
Did your mothers symptoms begin with a cruise, or did the onset of MdDS begin at another time?
The MdDS Foundation website has the most comprehensive information available on the syndrome. You’ll find basic information like What is MdDS and FAQs, plus links to research and support groups. http://www.mddsfoundation.org
Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Could you please revise the link in the story so that visitors are directed to the MdDS Foundation website, rather than the UK website which is owned by an individual? We value Jane, a former board member, and her website but the MdDS Foundation’s website has much more information for sufferers. Thank you.
I wouldn’t tell anyone to not be alarmed. This is a very debilitating syndrome that has changed my life. Maybe they shouldn’t panic after a couple of days and hopefully it will go away. But I have had MdDS for over a year now. I have lost my job and income. I have lost quality of life in just about every category. This is a very serious syndrome to have.
I didn’t panic the first few days while experiencing this… but after 13 days and still feeling dizzy, I started to panic because I had read that this could last months or even years. I found a site that talked about a treatment where you go in a machine that spins you l, so I had my husband spin me in an office chair one way until I was very dizzy, then the other way, and after my vision went back to normal there was immediate relief. It took a few days to fee 100% back to normal. I don’t know if this will help everyone, but for anyone who is suffering from this, I just wanted to pass along my story. Hopefully it’ll help!
Kay, Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Thank you, I think this might have helped me. How many times a day did you spin in the chair?