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Old September 10th, 2007, 04:37 PM
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Default post cruise ear problems -- balance nerve inflammation

Came home from the Glory on the night of August 25 -- began feeling a rocking motion and the feeling that the floor was not steady on August 26... let it go for a few days figuring it would go away... no such luck. Went to a First Med location and was put on Antivert (75 mg per day) which did nothing but make me practically comatose.

Finally went to an Ear Nose and Throat doctor, was diagnosed with inflammation of the balance nerve in one ear (that ear felt pressure)No hearing loss.. doctor said it will go away slowly, not an overnight fix. Just started a low dose of prednisone (steroid) to help fully resolve the problem in a quicker fashion.

It was 12 days after I got home that I finally felt like myself again.. still have the balance issue a little bit.. cannot walk a straight line heel in front of toe yet. But it is MUCH better.

Just a word from my experience, dont hesitate going to the doctor like I did, I suffered for over a week and it was brutal!
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Sandrag:

I had that happen too landsickness. Its the opposite of seasick you get so used to the ship that even when you are home you still feel like you are on the boat.

The same medicines for seasickness (bonine dramamine 2 etc) also help with this condition.
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A slight bit of "sealegs" is common after being aboard ship for a time. Even after over 100 cruises, it happens to me, but goes away within an hour or two.
I doubt that being aboard ship had anything to do with your inflammation problem. Probably would have happened whether you were aboard ship, or at home. Glad you got it taken care of though.

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The bonine did not help me... even the heavy doses of antivert which is Meclizine did nothing. Was beginning to feel like I was crazy when it would not stop.
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skymaster -- I am hoping that it had nothing to do with going on the ship.. the ENT said that the nerve could have been weak before the cruise. If I knew it was absolutely from the cruise, I dont think I would want to cruise again. It was too much to feel like this all day for so many days.
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It also might be this:

Mal de Debarquement or "MDD" is a type of vertigo and imbalance that occurs after getting off of a boat. The usual situation is that of a person who has gone on a cruise. We use the abbreviation "MDD" here for clarity, because it has been used in the past. It has been pointed out that "MDD" can be confused with other disorders, and some prefer to use "MdDs" or various combinations of these letters.

Most individuals with this diagnosis are women between the ages of 40 and 50 who go on a 7-day cruise. After getting off the boat, or "debarking" (debarquement), they develop a rocking sensation, as if they are still on the boat. The rocking sensation may persist for months or even years ! Most people seem to have it for a month or less though.
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Irish Girl -- I had read about this before I went on the cruise and that is what frightened me so much when I felt it happening to me. I am a female, age 43, so I do fit right in that profile.

Happy to say I am feeling so much better and just about back to my normal self.
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I'm glad to hear you're feeling better and almost back to normal.
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My whole family felt it for about a week after our seven day cruise- a rocking, dizzy, off balance feeling- actually, I liked it!
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The bonine did not help me... even the heavy doses of antivert which is Meclizine did nothing. Was beginning to feel like I was crazy when it would not stop.
Bonine is also meclizine. Usual doses are 25 mg.

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