Been on boat? Can't seem to lose your "sea legs" feeling?
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Since last fall, I was told by three separate MDs that I had a concussion. For five months, I was not getting better and in fact, it was getting worse. The symptoms: headaches, feeling dizzy, light-headedness, rocking and swaying, memory issues, etc. Finally, in December, I took my health into my own hands and went to Colorado's top ENT/Neurologist. I do not have a concussion but rather, I have something called Mal de Debarquement Syndrome or "MdDS." This was from being on Lake Powell last August. "MdDS" often presents just like a concussion. It affects mostly women who are in their 40s although men and people of other ages can certainly get it.
If any of you have been on a boat and cannot get rid of that motion and rocking feeling upon departure, you might want to explore this condition with a Neurologist or ENT. I am now on medication for it and feel soooo much better.
Thank goodness for Spark People. While feeling sick, I made myself walk 30 minutes/day and recorded it on the SP Fitness Tracker. I am now ready to start my program again but thankfully didn't gain any weight the past 5 months.