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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. emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KEVMIC 3/6/2013 4:48PM

    Hi there, I have MdDS Myself. I just hit the 5 year mark. What a ride it has been. Each day is a new day and each day I wake up hoping for the best. Keep doing what your doing and do what works for you!! I learned a longggg time ago, the doctor does not always know what is best for me. :)

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ROXANNE1111 2/6/2011 5:01PM

I have MdDS too and wondered what type of medication is helping you. It makes keeping active so difficult. Glad you found help.

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