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What is mal de debarquement?

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When you move in a way you never have before, like on a boat, your brain adapts to the feeling. But sometimes, it can get “stuck” in the new motion, and you may feel off balance, like you’re rocking or swaying, even after you've stopped moving. This usually gets better in a few hours but sometimes symptoms can persist for weeks or even years.  

You may experience other symptoms including a staggering walk, trouble focusing or feeling fatigue. There’s no cure, but you may be able to manage symptoms with medications and vestibular rehabilitation.

From: What Are Vestibular Disorders? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Vestibular Disorders Association: “The Human Balance System,” About Vestibular Disorders,” “Benign Paroxysmal Positional vertigo (BPPV),” “Ototoxicity,” “Acoustic Neuroma,” Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT),” “Medication: Can Medication Help Me Feel Better?” “Dietary Considerations: Does Diet Really Matter?”

NHS Choices: “Labyrinthitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vestibular Neuritis.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “Meniere's Disease.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Meniere's Disease.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Perilymph Fistula,” “Top Ten Facts You Should Know about Vestibular Disorders.” Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital: “Vestibular Migraine.”

Whirled Foundation: “Vestibular Disorders.”

Hearing Health Foundation: “Enlarged Vestibular Aqueducts (EVA).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on March 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Vestibular Disorders Association: “The Human Balance System,” About Vestibular Disorders,” “Benign Paroxysmal Positional vertigo (BPPV),” “Ototoxicity,” “Acoustic Neuroma,” Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT),” “Medication: Can Medication Help Me Feel Better?” “Dietary Considerations: Does Diet Really Matter?”

NHS Choices: “Labyrinthitis.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Vestibular Neuritis.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: “Meniere's Disease.”

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: “Meniere's Disease.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: “Perilymph Fistula,” “Top Ten Facts You Should Know about Vestibular Disorders.” Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital: “Vestibular Migraine.”

Whirled Foundation: “Vestibular Disorders.”

Hearing Health Foundation: “Enlarged Vestibular Aqueducts (EVA).”

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on March 22, 2019

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