Kay Taylor Mal de Debarquement Syndrome
Norwegian Cruise Lines - November 16, 2003
Submission Date: August 15, 2007
Event Date: November 16, 2003
Cruise Bruise: MdDS
Bruise Location: Caribbean
Home Town: Utah
Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Lines
Details: I went on my first ever cruise in Nov 2003, I was in very good health never having any health issue's.
I went on a Norwegian Cruise lines to the Caribbean, never knowing what was a head of me.
After 7 days I flew home from San Juan Puerto Rico feeling just fine. It wasn't until I woke up from a good night's sleep and stepped on the floor, it felt like the floor was moving out from under me and as I walked it was like being on a trampoline swinging back and forth at the same time.
I went to the doctor, he told me it would go away if I gave it some time. It continued to get worse so he sent me to a ENT (No help) then a neurologist, that ruled out many disease's plus brain tumor.
Then I was sent to a cardiologist.(no help) I was finally diagnosed at the University Of Utah Hospital at the ENT Clinic and the Hearing and Balance Center after eleven months. I found out I had Mal de Debarquement (MDDS) No cure and doctors do not know much about this condition.
Everyday is a terrible struggle, I have a hard time reading, using a computer, and anything that I use my eyes alot. I still suffer from all of the motions which I have constantly.
After three years I found a support group that can understand what I'm going through each day. Our support group is in hope's of making doctors more aware of this condition.
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