Cruise Bruise

Delores Nitz
Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

Norwegian Star - February 1, 2005

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Delores Nitz Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

Norwegian Star - February 1, 2005

Delores Nitz
Submission Date: August 29, 2007
Event Date: February 1, 2005
Cruise Bruise: MdDS
Bruise Location: Mexican Riviera
Age: 71
Home Town: Colorado
Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Lines
Ship: Norwegian Star
Details: I have never got my "land legs" back after returning from a cruise in February of 2005.

At first I thought the rocking/dizziness was because I had a sinus infection when I returned home. When that cleared up, I still had the movement sensation.

I went to the doctor in May and was tested for brain tumor, Parkinson's, MS, cancer, all kinds of ear test and everything came back normal, but I still felt like I was walking on a suspension bridge.

I found information on the internet about MdDS and knew it was what I had, because I always felt normal when in a car in motion. I printed the information and took it to my doctor. He agreed it is what I have, but he had never heard of it before.


I am older than most people that get MdDS and I have often wondered with all the senior citizens going on cruises if some of the "dizziness" that seems to go along with aging is actually undiagnosed MdDS.

I have problems with remembering things, sometimes I cannot find the right word. Stress, crowds, loud noises and changes in lighting always makes it worse.

On every cruise I have been on the debarquation talk always mentions that one might have the feeling of still being on the ship for a few hours. I think they need to let people know that it can last for days, weeks, months and even years.

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