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Penny Badham
Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

As A Result Of Cruise She Took - August 2006

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Penny Badham Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

As A Result Of Cruise She Took - August 2006

Penny Badham
August 2, 2007

When Penny Badham went on a cruise 11 months ago, she was looking for a good time. The thought never occurred to her, that she could become disabled, perhaps for life, without having suffered an accident or illness onboard the ship. But, that is exactly what happened.

Penny left the ship, without the same condition many cruise ship passengers get, the feeling they are still floating at sea. For most passengers, that floating feeling lasts a short time, perhaps a few days. For Penny, 11 months later, she is still at sea.

Penny is suffering now from Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS). MdDs is an imbalance or swaying sensation after exposure to motion.

In August 2006 the 53 year old Penny, and her husband Steve went on a cruise around the fjords of Norway. When Penny left the ship she felt fine but two days later during the night she began to experience rotational vertigo.


"This went on for several days, I felt like I was still in motion, so I went to see my GP," said Penny.

For the next ten months she went to see a series of doctors including ear, nose and throat doctors and neurologists, ulimately ending up at University College London where she was diagnosed with MdDS.

Penny says it has affected her life severely. She is unable to go out with family and friends to pubs, restaurants or shopping because of the constant floating sensation.

She also says it has caused depression as a result of the sudden changes to her life, and her difficulty in coping with them.

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