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Gina Panettieri
Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

Navigator Of The Seas - March 5, 2009

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Gina Panettieri Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

Navigator Of The Seas - March 5, 2009

Gina Panettieri
Date: March 5, 2009
Age: 48
Hometown: Connecticut
Cruise Bruise: MdDS
Location: Caribbean
Cruise Line: RCCL
Cruise Ship: Navigator of the Seas
Details: I am experiencing Mal de Debarquement Syndrome.

Upon disembarking in Ft. Lauderdale on March 5, 2009, I had difficulty walking, felt unbalanced, but assumed that would quickly pass. It hasn't, and after three days, I sought medical advice, and was given a consultation with a neurologist, with a diagnosis of MdDS.

I have experienced neck pain, nearly constant headache, a profound sensation of bobbing and rocking, cognitive issues like word recall problems, spelling mistakes and word sequence mistakes, clumsiness, and fatigue.


I am now nearly seven weeks since arriving back in Ft. Lauderdale. This condition has impacted by livelihood, and my life.

This was my honeymoon cruise, and my husband and I never anticipated starting out life together by me developing a life-altering neurological disorder from taking a cruise.

Had we known about this disorder, we would NEVER have gone on this cruise.

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