Nicole Babineau Mal de Debarquement Syndrome
Carnival Triumph - March 3, 2006
Cruise Ship Passenger Disabled By MdDS
Carnival Cruise Lines Triumph - March 3, 2006
Submission Date: August 16, 2007
Event Date: March 3, 2006
Cruise Bruise: MdDS
Bruise Location: Cozumel, Mexico
Home Town: New Brunswick, Canada
Cruise Line: Carnival Cruise Lines
Details: It all started as soon as I stepped off the ship. I felt a lack of balance, fatigue, brain fog and constant headaches.
After getting home, the symptoms did not go away. I stayed in my house for a couple of weeks because I did not trust my balance and was scared of falling in public.
My family doctor does not know what I have but I do. It's Mal de debarquement! I am presently waiting to see an ENT for a consultation.
Five and a half months have gone by and I still feel as if I am on a boat. This feeling is with me 24 hours a day. I even had nightmares of being on a rocking ship just to wake up and feel terribly dizzy.
It has changed my life because now I am so sensitive to motion ex: drive in a car for more than 30 minutes makes my symptoms act up. This is related to me being on a cruiseship for a week, it can't be a coincidence!
I am a young woman with no prior motion sensitivity whatsoever. This was my second cruise and this didn't happen then. There should be more research done to find the cause and meanwhile others should be warned of a potential possibility to having MdDS after a cruise.
Supporting Information & Resources:
Featured or New Cruise Ship Illness
Cruise Bruise Investigations - Cruise Ship Illness
Suggested Reading Cruise Ship Illness