Anyone having ear/dizzy problems after cruise?

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  1. Sammys Mom

    Sammys Mom Earning My Ears

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    Okay, we have been back for a week now from the 3/29 western cruise and had an awesome time. One set back has been that I have been suffering from extreme vertigo ever since we got back and it doesn't seem to be getting better. The doc says I probably had an inner ear virus and the flight/boat set the vertigo off. Two days after we returned my sister called to tell me my niece (who cruised with us) had been off school two days with an ear infection/virus and dizziness. None of us had any problems with dizziness or seasickness on the cruise.

    My niece seems to have gotten better. I wish I could say the same for me. Has anyone else had any experiences like this after cruising??


    In the end, by hubby, daughter and niece all are ready to book again! They had a great time! I'm just waiting to find out how long I have to suffer with the dizziness before I jump on the bandwagon.:confused:
     
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  3. tezb

    tezb There is a special place in heaven for the mother

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    I haven't had the vertigo experience as you BUT it is very normal to still feel like you are moving or feeling motion for a few days when back on land. I did have that feeling. Some people who have had the vertigo were told to continue taking Bonine for a while longer. I think it's even recommended for vertigo. Did you doctor prescribe this for you? Usually you get ear infections from something else like a cold. You cannot really catch an ear infection, it's a complication of another virus. It's also hard to say as some people get vertigo and have not been on a boat. Have you had vertigo before?
     
  4. TootyJane

    TootyJane DIS Veteran

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    We cruised last May and when we got home I was dizzy also. It took about 2 weeks for it to finally go away. BTW, it didn't stop us from booking our next cruise ;) HTH
     
  5. thatmom

    thatmom Mouseketeer

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    Hi,
    My sister has it after every cruise. It lasts about three weeks. She hates it but not enough to quit cruising. Her Doctor told her lots of people get this, but not usually so long. Lucky her!!
    thatmom
     
  6. disneyholic family

    disneyholic family <font color=teal>Wayne always catches me<br><font

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    we were only on the 3 day wonder cruise and didn't have any problems at all on the ship, however we did experience dizziness/movement for a full week afterwards...
     
  7. Michelle

    Michelle <font color=darkgreen><i>"It's like Lord of the Fl

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    I don't have any information for you on your ear problem, but I just had to note that your user name caught my eye as I am ALSO a Sammy's Mom in real life! :)
     
  8. miksicnarf

    miksicnarf Mouseketeer

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    I've read of many people who experience dizziness for a short time following a cruise. For some, however, the condition, called mal de debarquement, is more serious. Here's a link with lots of info: http://www.etete.com/mdd/ .
     
  9. lsmac

    lsmac DIS Veteran<br><font color=green>Sly yet brilliant

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    When we cruised in December, I came home and expected to feel the motion for at least a couple days (usually happens), but after two weeks got fed up with it and the doc said I had a virus as well! The only thing that works is time...oh and Nyquil at night!:)

    Lisa
     
  10. PamCo88

    PamCo88 Finally going Back!!

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    I did a 3 day cruise in 2000 and got the inner ear virus on the cruise. i just thought it was seasick since i'm prone. I was dizzy and had nausea for a month. my dr. gave me drops for my ears that helped alot. i also found that if i kept moving i felt better (long drives - but i had to drive). also keep your foot on the floor when going to sleep to avoid the bed spins.

    i'm hoping i don't have the same problem when i go again :)
     
  11. kpgclark

    kpgclark <font color=339900>There's nothing hum drum about

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    I was also on the 3/29 cruise and both my husband and I felt dizzy for DAYS! I don't know what the heck it is, but it must be something to do with the cruise. Maybe your brain/inner ear somehow adjusts to the movement on the ship and then has a hard time adjusting back. We didn't have vertigo, but definite dizzyness. I think our tablemate SINK also said he got dizzy once on shore.
     
  12. balbrec

    balbrec Earning My Ears

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    Hi gang,
    Couldnt help but notice this post and think of our neighbor.
    She gets land sickness. She always says she has no problem during the cruise but when she steps off the ship she has the
    symptoms of sea sickness. Ive read where this is quite common in folks who spend alot of time on board ships but can affect
    short term sailors also . The cure from what I can understand is
    the same as for sea sickness.Her doctor told her to use the patch
    when she boarded and it should help her when she went back on land. Hope this helps ( by seasickness I mean dizzyness
    and/or vertigo, not the vomiting some think of )


    balbrec



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  13. Sammys Mom

    Sammys Mom Earning My Ears

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    I looked at the website for MDS and the symptoms match mine exactly. Including the fact that I feel better when driving. I just pray that I am not as bad off as the people on that site (some fight it for years and have to quit their jobs). I have a job that takes a very sharp mind and I am hoping I can get some of my concentration skills back soon. I am hoping that the severe cases are the only ones who post on the site and there are an equal number of mild cases like mine. It all was a bit depressing.

    With that said, we are booking a second cruise with our neighbors (probably November). My hubby and my daughter just adored it. I figure I can alway cancel in a couple of weeks if I don't feel better by then.
     
  14. Moosysmom

    Moosysmom DIS Veteran<br><font color=red>Mickey's My Hero</f

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    I get the ear thing everytime I fly. It has to do with the change in altitude. When I came home from the March 8th cruise, it wasn't as bad as it usually is. The rest of our group was all fine. Mine usually turns into an ear infection.
     
  15. Laura24

    Laura24 Sleep tight Mickey

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    since our cruise return on Feb. 15. It started within 32 hrs. of debarking and flying home and progressed with flu/pneumonia. There is a medical term for this viral infection of the ear-Labyrinthitis. I haven't been able to work. It is just starting to get better...two months later. But that's OK. I've been planning our next cruise with the time I've had off of work. :)
     
  16. momofofo22

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    I got it when I came back from my cruise.

    I was in Universal Studio and I was dizzy. It was like the ground was moving.

    Even, when I looked at our cruise video at home I felt dizzy the first week (it is crazy....)

    During the first week, I felt it. However, it won't stop me to cruise again.
     
  17. Sammys Mom

    Sammys Mom Earning My Ears

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    Think I'm getting better. While things are still moving, it isn't constant anymore (intermittant). I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

    I have to check availability for the week after November for our next cruise.

    Thanks for all the responses. At least I don't feel like I'm alone in this feeling or crazy!
     
  18. ppiew

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    We were also on the 3/29 Western and here is our health report: Granddaughter age 6 has an ear infection with bloody discharge, me (age 64) has sore throat and head congestion, daughter (age38) has had several episodes of nausea/vomiting. Must be a gender thing - none of the male's have been sick at all! Personally, I attribute it to doing too much and running ourselves ragged. Oh well, hopefully all will be well by our cruise next year!!
     
  19. MickeyB426

    MickeyB426 The biggest Daddy of them all

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    I'll weigh in with our post-March 29 medical report.

    One of my DS and my DD can't shake a bad cough, but the real problem is me.

    I felt the cold-flu symptoms the minute I got back in my house Saturday night. I had ear, nose, & throat congestion as well as fever and sneezing. Since I use a CPAP machine to sleep, sleeping has been a nightmare for me with the nose congestion.

    I was on anti-biotic for 5 days, they helped a little, but I went back to a ENT specialist today and he said I have a sinus and upper respiratory infection.

    So now I'm on stronger anti-biotics and a mild steroid to clear the congestion.

    And I was still swaying for a week or so after we disembarked.
     
  20. Laura24

    Laura24 Sleep tight Mickey

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    So - I'm not the only one with the viral ear infection. Of our group of 4 on the 2/8 Magic cruise, I am the only recipient of this mess. The flu/pnuemonia was a piece of cake in comparison to the ear problems. My hearing has improved as has my equilibrium, but I wish the ringing in my ears would stop! or at least be replaced by the Mickey whistle tune!!;)
     
  21. Padre Disney

    Padre Disney <font color=009999>No longer the Tagless Lurker!

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    So glad to see others have the same problem as I do. Was on the 3/15 cruise. Never felt sick on the cruise or after. About a week ago started having small dizzy spells. Had a bad case of labyrinthitis a few years ago and went to the hospital. Gave me a shot and cleared it right up. Thought this time it might be the same. I have a thyroid problem so doc thinks that might be part of the problem. Can drive fine and okay most of the day. Just certain times a real bad spell hits while at home doing normal activities. Not sure what starts it. Am taking the valium but it makes me really tired. Also taking a diuretic. Have a few days of treatment time left to see if it helps.
    Can't fly at all cause the pain is so bad in the one ear. When I read the info on MENIER"S DISEASE I was shocked at how many things sound just like everthing I have happening with me.
    I sure hope doc figures it out and things improve.
    I wonder if the cruise had anything to do with putting me into this current problem. Last time it came out of no where.
     

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