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CheshireCat
April 18th, 2005, 01:34 AM
I will be going on my 6th cruise in June. On each of the other cruises, I have felt fine while on the ship, but once I get home, I "still feel like I am on the ship", and have an annoying rocking sensation for several weeks afterwards. Does anyone know how to prevent this from happening?

Past it
April 18th, 2005, 02:55 AM
I have this sensation still,its been quite a while since I did an 11 dayer. I read somewhere it was called demare or something like that.They suggest sea-sick medication. I have put off taking anything hopeing it will pass. Have reached end of tether and going to Docs tommorow,so maybe I will know more then.I will have a look for the thread on it,was probably in Royal Caribean or Princess! Doesn't it drive you mad. I find if you move direction too quick,or get up.:(

Happy ks
April 18th, 2005, 07:55 AM
I continue to rock, sometimes for seveal weeks after even a short cruise. It helps to continue taking seasick meds, plus I will use the elastic sea bands I have.I think the condition is called Mal De Mer.

mii
April 18th, 2005, 10:00 AM
It happens to me after every cruise. I just go to the drug store and pick up Bonine(sea sickness tablet) and it works just fine. You are not alone in this.

Marilyn

MichTraveler
April 18th, 2005, 09:04 PM
The best remedy is to just stay on the ship :p
If only we all could ..........

KrUzTaLkEr
April 18th, 2005, 09:29 PM
I dunno if i'm weird or sumthing but i love that swaying sensation after u get off the boat...it just reminds me of happy times we had on the boat. It also is so much fun to just be standing and not able to control swaying back and forth! hehe so sorry not much help on getting rid of it i wish it lasted longer! lol or i'll stick with the answer above me and lol just stay on the ship!!!:D Anybody on Valor or on a spa deck cabin before let me know how it is cuz i'm goign there Jan 8th and i'm on the spa deck so help out if u know!!!

Hope everyoen has a safe sail whenever they may go again....especailly on the "FUN SHIPS" .....for those of u who dont know CARNIVAL!!!!! lol

ckrobyn
April 18th, 2005, 10:37 PM
I bowl on a league, and bowled on the 3rd day back from a cruise....needless to say......gutterballs! :eek:

Past it
April 19th, 2005, 07:52 AM
Went to the docs today about this and he said it was benign positional vertigo,and gave me an exercise which will hopefully fix it in a week if not,take stemetil (a form of seasick tablet) The exercise is to sit on edge of bed look to left,wait a moment then quickly lay to the RIGHT making sure back of head is on bed.Lay for a while,then sit up and look to right,then lay to LEFT. Do 5 times each side 3 times a day. Hope this works for me!

GrannyJ
April 19th, 2005, 07:03 PM
The best remedy is to just stay on the ship :p
If only we all could ..........

Yeah, I tried that too, but when they threatened to call out the National Guard if I didn't let go of the railing and leave the ship.....

Funny thing, I get the rocking sensation for a couple of days after a short (3-4 day) cruise, but not after a 7-day cruise. Go figure....

Oma24boys
April 19th, 2005, 08:17 PM
Went to the docs today about this and he said it was benign positional vertigo,and gave me an exercise which will hopefully fix it in a week if not,take stemetil (a form of seasick tablet) The exercise is to sit on edge of bed look to left,wait a moment then quickly lay to the RIGHT making sure back of head is on bed.Lay for a while,then sit up and look to right,then lay to LEFT. Do 5 times each side 3 times a day. Hope this works for me!

Did the doc say this was caused by cruising? I was on a 7-day in November and had benign positional vertigo in January...I sometimes wondered if this was cruise related. I to have the rocking sensation after the cruise but it last for a short time and usually happens in the shower. Never bothered me and it was gone by the time I got the vertigo. Thanks for posting this...

Past it
April 20th, 2005, 09:47 AM
Yes the cruise caused it,I was fine before I sailed. I have only started doing the exercise today so I will give it a few days before I buy the sea sickness tablets.I don't have any nausea,just the floor on a tilt.The doctor had me stand with my feet together and eyes closed and all of a sudden I fell backwards (he was there to catch me) He said that is the classic sign. I did try to get him to write a script to tell my husband that another cruise would fix it !!!!

Chat Noir
April 20th, 2005, 10:16 PM
Hmmm... I have had vertigo on and off for a couple of years. No idea why. Could be something to do with anxiety (yuck). Maybe I'll get lucky and my first cruise (June) will set things back right and cure the problem;) !

hajekfam
April 20th, 2005, 11:42 PM
I also suffer from the rocking sensation - it took over 3 weeks to go away after our last trans. It is so bad that I pray for windstorms while I am at work on the 30th floor just so that the building would sway. As others are noticing the building movement and feeling it, I am enjoying it and feeling better.

DisneyDestroyer
April 21st, 2005, 12:44 PM
It's a well-known phenomenon related to "getting your sea legs". Normally that means that your legs get used to absorbing the gentle rocking of the ship, and you stop being consciously aware of it. However, when you go back on shore you get the opposite - your legs are waiting for rocking that doesn't come, and they get upset and tell your mind.

MICHSUNLOVER
April 21st, 2005, 04:14 PM
Went to the docs today about this and he said it was benign positional vertigo,and gave me an exercise which will hopefully fix it in a week if not,take stemetil (a form of seasick tablet) The exercise is to sit on edge of bed look to left,wait a moment then quickly lay to the RIGHT making sure back of head is on bed.Lay for a while,then sit up and look to right,then lay to LEFT. Do 5 times each side 3 times a day. Hope this works for me!

LOL - I think the doc is just giving you something to do to take your mind off it :p

Glad to know I'm not the only one swaying......11 days off the boat and still swaying (though not as bad as the first week!)

Oma24boys
April 21st, 2005, 04:58 PM
I don't wish the vertigo on anyone...I would almost take a rocky day at sea! :D I ended up at the emergency room...my vertigo hit me in the middle of the night...ended up taking Meclazine for it! Couldn't drive for about 4 days because the driving would set the vertigo off...realized when I turned my head to look left the vertigo would hit. I don't know what is worse naseau from a rocky day at sea or the vertigo!:D

Sassy Chassis
April 21st, 2005, 05:49 PM
Took me a couple of weeks for it to go away...I thought there was something seriously wrong with me because I don't even get sick on boats at all!

justmarie
April 22nd, 2005, 02:06 PM
What are the symptoms of Ménière's disease?

During an attack, people with Ménière's disease experience:


Low-pitched roaring, ringing, or hissing in the ear (tinnitus).
Hearing loss, which may be temporary or permanent.
Vertigo, which is the feeling that the person or the surroundings are spinning or whirling when there is no such actual motion.
Often, a feeling of pressure or fullness in the ear.


It took me over a month to feel good, I tried medication, but that made me feel sick, time is the answer
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Oma24boys
April 22nd, 2005, 02:12 PM
What are the symptoms of Ménière's disease?

During an attack, people with Ménière's disease experience:

Low-pitched roaring, ringing, or hissing in the ear (tinnitus).
Hearing loss, which may be temporary or permanent.
Vertigo, which is the feeling that the person or the surroundings are spinning or whirling when there is no such actual motion.
Often, a feeling of pressure or fullness in the ear.
It took me over a month to feel good, I tried medication, but that made me feel sick, time is the answer
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I am glad that I had the benign positional vertigo...don't think I could have stood the "roaring, ringing or hissing in the ear"! I just had the vertigo part and the Meclazine helped (put me to sleep):eek: .

vickiw0318
April 26th, 2005, 04:00 PM
How amazing. I was actually looking through the topics to see if there was a thread about this. I "rock along with the boat" for weeks after I get off and wondered how common the problem was. The sensation seems to get worse after each cruise. (It's not going to stop me from cruising though!) It's always amazed me because I've never come close to feeling seasick. Also, I don't notice any sensation when I'm in a port.

The sensation is actually called mal de debarquement. You can do an internet search and come up with all sorts of information. Apparently, women between 40 and 50 who have cruised for 7 days are the most common sufferers. As one poster suggested, the cause is that the brain becomes accustomed to the new input from the motion on the ship. When this stops, the change produces the same symptoms as are produced when one goes to sea. I noticed that it was said that once you've experienced mal de debarquement, it is likely to recur if you cruise again. My first cruise was a 7 day one at age 48, so I completely fit the profile.

The articles seem to suggest that the usual seasickness remedies have little effect. They do suggest that it might be possible to prevent a reoccurrence by taking Valium or Ativan precruise or by using a transderm patch.

It's good, in a way, to know I'm not alone, but I wish I was. I hate to think that my fellow posters here go through this too.

Oma24boys
April 26th, 2005, 04:13 PM
How amazing. I was actually looking through the topics to see if there was a thread about this. I "rock along with the boat" for weeks after I get off and wondered how common the problem was. The sensation seems to get worse after each cruise. (It's not going to stop me from cruising though!) It's always amazed me because I've never come close to feeling seasick. Also, I don't notice any sensation when I'm in a port.

The sensation is actually called mal de debarquement. You can do an internet search and come up with all sorts of information. Apparently, women between 40 and 50 who have cruised for 7 days are the most common sufferers. As one poster suggested, the cause is that the brain becomes accustomed to the new input from the motion on the ship. When this stops, the change produces the same symptoms as are produced when one goes to sea. I noticed that it was said that once you've experienced mal de debarquement, it is likely to recur if you cruise again. My first cruise was a 7 day one at age 48, so I completely fit the profile.

The articles seem to suggest that the usual seasickness remedies have little effect. They do suggest that it might be possible to prevent a reoccurrence by taking Valium or Ativan precruise or by using a transderm patch.

It's good, in a way, to know I'm not alone, but I wish I was. I hate to think that my fellow posters here go through this too.

Vicki:

Thanks for the additional input...I was actually given Valium by my primary care doctor when the vertigo got worse and the Meclazine did not work. I will make sure to remember this in November. We were orginally booked for October 2nd but changed due to availability of cabins!

vickiw0318
April 26th, 2005, 05:31 PM
I see you have an aft cabin booked for November. That would be a very good reason to switch sailing dates! We're in a JS on 10/2. Had one on our honeymoon cruise in February of 2004 and we can't wait to get back on board.

I may still be swaying when you're pulling out. I hate taking pills - I am the type that takes two aspirin and is out like a light, but I know I'm going to have to do something this next time. I was so dizzy last September that I missed a couple of days of work. Couldn't help it. The halls here at the office were moving and I felt like I needed to hold on to get from place to place. One of the guys here told me about the "land sickness" syndrome after he saw me trying to get from place to place.

creed205
April 26th, 2005, 06:46 PM
My wife has had vertigo for some time now. It comes and goes, but when we were on the ship it was not too bad. She thought that the ships movement would trigger it. From all the good info in here it would seem her vertifo is caused by something very different and the ship has little effect.

Thanks for all the info.:)

cruisingbug
April 27th, 2005, 10:24 AM
I've also experienced this, the worst was after our most recent cruise last year. Where the other cruises I was feeling normal after a couple days, the last time it took about a week. I'm wondering how long it'll take after our upcoming cruise, but I'll try that exercise one poster suggested.

I don't mind it so much, but I've read that the feeling can become permanent - although I don't know if it's a case of one too many cruises that causes that. Anyone know about this as a permanant condition caused by excessive (is there such a thing?) cruising?

caribbean girl
April 27th, 2005, 10:54 AM
Yeah, I tried that too, but when they threatened to call out the National Guard if I didn't let go of the railing and leave the ship.....

Funny thing, I get the rocking sensation for a couple of days after a short (3-4 day) cruise, but not after a 7-day cruise. Go figure....

That is so funny, Granny!! We had an 11 day trip this year, where we had several rough days at sea, and I barely felt myself rocking at all, after getting off, when on shorter trips, I've rocked for days!! I felt kind of sad:cool: , since that rocking feeling makes you keep remembering all the fun you've just had! I always look around, when I feel that way and I'm in public, to see if anyone else notices! Then, I just have a private laugh! Either way, pehaps people think something is wrong!!;) Oh, well.

Nliedel
April 27th, 2005, 11:17 AM
Very normal. I also feel like I am still on a treadmill after I get off for a few minutes!

not Cozumel again cruiser
April 28th, 2005, 08:10 PM
When we first started cruising I had that rocking feeling after the cruises but once we started cruising more often 2-3 times per year (and longer cruises) it did not happen anymore- so I guess that your brain just has to adjust and learn the new activity- maybe when you get your sea legs- you get your land legs! I still tend to get sea sick if it's rough but not as much as in the past.......

VACruzin
April 28th, 2005, 10:58 PM
Very normal. I also feel like I am still on a treadmill after I get off for a few minutes!

I do too! I thought I was the only one.:o My rocking seems to last two days for every night I sleep on a boat or ship. Also, if I ride a roller coaster, I can "relive" the ride when I try to go to sleep that night.

Nessi
April 30th, 2005, 11:47 AM
I have been on five cruises and have experienced this only twice. On our first cruise, we sailed out of New Orleans. The twists and turns of the Mississippi River were really hard to take, and we felt the rocking after that cruise. We had three subsequent 7 day cruises with good seas and had no problems after the fact. Walked off the ship and felt completely normal. On our last cruise, however, we had really rough seas (20-30 foot swells). We felt the rocking and rolling sensation for at least a week after that cruise. My husband was talking about that at his work. A man he was talking to said that, when he had been in the Navy, he was on an aircraft carrier for three entire months at sea. He never got sea sick until he finally got on land and got into the shower. He then got completely sea sick and puked all over the shower.

smart_alec
May 31st, 2005, 01:39 PM
Just for the record - I am male, in my early 30s, and I've had it for 4 days so far after a fairly mild Alaskan Inside Passage cruise. I am trying meclizine today. Thanks to 2cruize4ever for pointing me to this, very good info.

I also never got sea sick on the ship. Actually, I couldn't feel the ship moving at all when my wife could. So I guess now I am paying for my brain being too adaptive (funny it's only very adaptive one way, but not the other way...)

Karebear59
May 31st, 2005, 03:59 PM
I was diagnosed by a specialist with Benign Positional Vertigo in 2000. I had the swaying feeling for several weeks after returning from a 4 day cruise. I was told that the cruise did not have anything to do with this condition??. I tried all the medications with no success. The excercises that were posted earlier is what the specialist said to do. I have had this off and on for over 5 years! I was totally suprised when I saw this thread and the amount of people that are affected. I am going on a 10 day cruise in October and hope that this does NOT happen again.

cruzegirl
May 31st, 2005, 04:07 PM
Wow.....How interesting to find people other than myself that have this issue.... I thought I was the only one with this "unusual" problem.....I always say my cruise may be a 7 day voyage but it really goes for 14 days....lol... My swaying usually lasts for 5-7 days after a cruise.... I never (knock on wood) get seasick but it's the after affect.... I started taking Antivert (used for vertigo) after my cruise in Jan. about 2 days before the end of the cruise....It wasn't completely gone but helped alot.... Don't know if it will work for everyone but ask your physician...

Skinsfan1311
June 1st, 2005, 12:36 PM
I will be going on my 6th cruise in June. On each of the other cruises, I have felt fine while on the ship, but once I get home, I "still feel like I am on the ship", and have an annoying rocking sensation for several weeks afterwards. Does anyone know how to prevent this from happening?Book back-to-back-to-back cruises!!
;)

velcrobird
September 11th, 2005, 09:58 PM
Yes. My husband and I just returned from a 7 day Alaskan cruise. No trouble with sea sickness. I have always prided myself on never suffering motion sickness. Now I have the motion sensation and just a little nausea. I'll try some dramamine or meclizine. I haven't found any other suggestions. I hope it resolves quickly.:eek: