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Old September 23rd, 2005, 03:26 PM
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Default Feeling dizzy after a cruise

Just got back from my very first cruise this past Saturday (9/17). Everyday since, I am feeling a bit dizzy and have this sensation as if I were still on the ship! I feel as if I'm swaying. This is making me feel tired with not much energy- I just want to lay down and rest my head!

Is this completely rare? Should I be worried? When will this sensation go away?
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 03:50 PM
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This is quite common. It should go away in about a week when you get your land legs back. If it doesn't, or if it's quite severe, you can go to your doctor.

Seasickness medications like Bonine (Meclizine) can help.

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It is not unusual - we have definitely heard people talk about it before. A few people say it goes on for a long time (months), but most of us get over it within a couple of days.

I suspect it is just your equilibrium re-adjusting to terra firma, similar to the dizziness you feel after you get off of a merry-go-round, it just takes a little time to go away.

How bad is it? Is it just something you are aware of, but not really causing a problem? or is it something you are seriously worried about?
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 05:05 PM
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I suffer from this affliction as well. I have had it happen after a cruise and long train rides. I find that Claritin helps for me. Since bonine and dramamine are antiohistimines as well, they may have similar function. It takes me a while to regain my equilibrium. I remember the day after we returned from our January cruise, I was so exausted I had to lay down and take a nap for the better part of the afternoon. I was so glad we didn't jump right back into our routine when we got off the ship and took a little time to recouperate from our vacation. I am sure I would not have been able to function otherwise. I would not try to fight the fatigue, I'd go and try to get as much rest as possible until you have caught up.
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Grab a drink with an umbrella in it - put a steel drum cd on - lie back and enjoy. It will go away in a few days - then you will miss it lol. Mine lasted about two weeks.

You need to get on another cruise right away - the very best cure lol

Take care - ttfn Jennifer
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 10:24 PM
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Seriously... one of the best things for me about a cruise is the soporific effect you get on board from the gentle movement. Within two or three days even the most energetic type A starts wanting a nap every afternoon. Absolutely the best way in the world to relax.
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Thanks for the input everyone!

After 6 days, the feeling has subsided! I am back to normal and feeling
like myself again!
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