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Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

RCCL Monarch Of The Seas - February 18, 2001

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Marla Cruise Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

RCCL Monarch Of The Seas - February 18, 2001

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Submission Date: August 12, 2007
Event Date: February 18, 2001
Cruise Bruise: MdDS
Bruise Location: Caribbean
Age: 50
Home Town: Iowa
Cruise Line: RCCL
Ship: Monarch Of The Seas
Details: This former cruise ship passenger came to us, to tell us there is a support group for Mal de Debarquement Syndrome, and let us know she was on a very large ship, and has been disabled by the disease for over six years, as of the date of this posting.

I took my first cruise from Feb. 11 - 18 in 2001 onboard the Royal Caribbean Monarch of the Seas.

While waiting in the San Juan Airport for my flight back to the States I noticed that I was feeling the motion of the ship. When I got home I removed the scopolamine patch I had worn during the cruise to prevent nausea and went to bed.

When I woke up the next day the rocking sensation was terrible. After two weeks I finally saw a doctor and she said to wait a little longer.

One month later I saw my primary care physician and he ordered tests to rule out MS or a brain tumor. These tests were normal so two weeks later I was seen by and ENT doctor and he performed more tests and determined that I had Mal de Debarquement syndrome.


I am on Disability now and have had to have a total knee operation in the last year due to the constant imbalance and dizziness I suffer from on a daily basis. I fatigue easily and have memory problems.

I am a member of a support group for people with MdDS and it is our goal to educate doctors and the general public about this rare syndrome. We are hoping to find a researcher who can help unravel the mystery that surrounds the cause and treatment for our condition.

We would like to see the cruise lines post a warning for their passengers too but doubt that this will ever happen.

Cruise Bruise has learned that while the number of MdDS sufferers is unknown, in recent years an international support group has formed, with 557 members in America and about 250 in the UK.

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