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Irene Hartman
Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

Explorer Of The Seas - February 19, 2006

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Irene Hartman Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

Explorer Of The Seas - February 19, 2006

Irene Hartman
Mal de Debarquement Syndrome
Explorer Of The Seas - February 19, 2006
Irene Hartman
Submission Date: August 20, 2007
Event Date: February 19, 2006
Cruise Bruise: MdDS
Bruise Location: Caribbean
Age: 55
Home Town: New Jersey
Cruise Line: RCCL
Ship: Explorer Of The Seas
Details: For our 25th. anniversary my husband and I took our first cruise to the Caribbean. I did take Antivert because I have friends that have gotten seasick on cruises-and I did not want to spoil our vacation by being seasick. Had no problems on the cruise at all. When we returned to port I had some rocking sensations but thought that to be normal when back on land.

Two weeks after rocking, swaying and feeling like someone was pushing me to the ground by my shoulders I went to my doctor. She said take the Antivert again and if no changes in a month come back to see her. Well one month later I saw her again-had no changes in symptoms. She sent me to an ENT-I had every test done-really no definite diagnosis-he sent me to Vestibular Rehabilitation-went for five weeks with no changes in my symptoms.


Took myself to a neurologist-MRI , MRA, and other tests taken-all normal. The doctors then said it probably was positional vertigo and would go away by itself.

After 15 months of it not going away I decided in May to go to a specialist for imbalance disorders at a Philadelphia Hospital. I am now on medication-hopefully to decrease the symptoms of this horrible disorder. I found the MdDS support group in July-it really helps to know that there are others that also have this disorder.

I also had to retire from my Dental Assisting profession of 34 years-due to having fears of hurting my patients with the constant imbalance that I was having. It certainly is a life altering disorder.

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