Cruise Bruise

Julie Lipp
Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

Mississippi River Cruise - September 14, 2002

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Julie Lipp Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

Mississippi River Cruise - September 14, 2002

Julie Lipp
Mal de Debarquement Syndrome
Mississippi River Cruise - September 14, 2002
Submission Date: August 14, 2007
Event Date: September 14, 2002
Cruise Bruise: MdDS
Bruise Location: New Orleans
Age: 45
Home Town: Wisconsin
Cruise Line: Unknown
Ship: Unknown
Details: On Sat.Sept. 14,2002 i took a ride on a paddle wheeler down the Mississippi River for a historic tour.The river was calm. I disembarked the boat once and returned. Within 1/2 hr. after the final disembarkment I felt like I had sea legs as I went in and out of shops (I had been on 2 cruises in my 30's and know what sea legs are). This sensation of rocking, bobbing & swaying was mild for about 5 days.

I had two short flights home on Monday Sept 16th. With two days to rest up before returning to work I found my symptoms quite high on days 6 & 7. I had to take a leave of absence from work as the sea legs had become so intense.

My PCP 's nurse had me take Dramine for 4 days (Sept 20th-23rd) which did not help. I had an appt. with my PCP on Sept 24th 2002 and he said to try more Dramamine.


On Friday Sept.27,2002 I was seen by an ENT who thought I had an inner ear infection and placed me on a 6 day pack of Methlypred and he said " you will feel better on the morning of the 4th day."

I felt worse, he had me stop this steroid and put me on 21 days of Prednizone. I was not getting better so the ENT ordered an MRI to rule out MS or a brain tumor. The tests were negative.

The ENT thought I had viral labryinthitis. On November 25,2002 I had a hearing test that did not show anything unusual. The ENT said I should see a PT for balance & dizziness.

On Dec 4,2002 I was diagnosed by the PT with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome. On January 24,2003, I was given an official diagnosis by an ENT.

I suffer from imbalance, right side ear pain/fullness (CT scan was negative), headaches, fatigue, short term memory loss, confusion, difficulty concentrating, anxiety and at times nausea.

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