Posted May 2nd, 2014, 08:02 AM
Hi there. I've only been on one cruise so far, a ten day cruise... Loved it!
When I got home though my world rocked for nine days straight. It was very disconcerting and I began to worry that it would never end!
Is this common and normal? It was quite debilitating and even walking down stairs was quite a task.
My husband just sprang a surprise on me and has booked another cruise - next week! (he's never been before. I went with a friend last time.)
I'm excited, but I confess, a bit worried that this after cruise rocking will happen again. I expected there might be some for a day or two but nine days?
I'm hoping that this time maybe the waters will be a little calmer, and maybe being in the middle of the ship? - (our cabin was right at the back the first time and some nights we were REALLY rolling) might help a bit? Hope so anyway.
"Sea legs" is a fairly common occurrence. Did you have any sinus congestion on the cruise or after? Did you spend a lot of time in the pool, and is this normal for you?
What has happened is that your inner ear is still experiencing the sensation of vessel motion. Motion sickness, which "sea legs" is a form of, is caused when your eyes and inner ears send different messages to the brain. On the ship, your eyes say that you're not moving (since the room moves with you), but your inner ear senses the changes in atmospheric pressure associated with vessel motion. A lot of motion sickness can be lessened just by looking at the horizon, so that your eyes see that you are moving, and agree with your inner ear.
At home, something is still causing the inner ear to sense changes in pressure, so you feel dizzy from the conflicting messages. Sinus congestion could cause this. Water trapped in the ear from time in the pool could also do this. When this happens try clearing your ears like you would when a plane changes altitude: holding nose and mouth and "blowing" hard, or swallowing hard. Many times this will clear the problem. If you have trouble clearing your ears on planes, there may be a medical reason for blockage in the ear (other than wax
), so this may require a visit to your doctor.
Hope this helps.