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What is Mal de Debarquement Syndrome?

Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS) refers to a condition that you have a rocking, swaying sensation and can’t keep balance. It often occurs after a constant motion, such as a sea cruise or a flight. That is to say, you may feel like you’re still on the boat or plane after you get off.

What are the symptoms of Mal de Debarquement Syndrome?

The severity of symptoms varies from person to person and day to day. Some symptoms may disappear when you’re moving, such as taking a car, bus or train, but those symptoms will appear again when you stop moving. Common symptoms of Mal de Debarquement Syndrome include:
  • Swaying
  • Rocking sensation
  • Rolling sensation
  • Bobbing sensation
  • Feeling disoriented
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lurching
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Floating
  • Imbalance
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Bouncing or shimmering Vision
  • Sensitivity to light or sound
  • Intolerance of busy patterns
  • Ataxia (a staggering gait)
  • Ear pain or fullness
  • Tinnitus (in one or both ears)
Less common symptoms of Mal de Debarquement Syndrome include:
  • Double vision
  • Nystagmus
  • Rotational or spinning vertigo
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What causes Mal de Debarquement Syndrome?

The underlying cause of Mal de Debarquement Syndrome is still unclear, but many consistent motions can trigger it. The most common one is traveling by boats. But other motions, such as taking trains, riding planes, taking cars, taking elevators, waking on docks or using virtual reality, may also lead to the syndrome.

How to diagnose Mal de Debarquement Syndrome?

Your doctor may start with asking your feelings and history of motions. You may also be required to do some tests to help determine Mal de Debarquement Syndromeand and rule out other conditions. These tests may include:
  • Neurological Examination, such as MRI scan.
  • Rotary Chair, to test balance function.
  • Audiogram, to test for hearing loss.
  • Caloric Test, to see the response of your vestibular system.
  • Posturography, to test the ability to keep balance.

What are the treatments for Mal de Debarquement Syndrome?

Currently, there is no effective way known to treat Mal de Debarquement Syndrome. The syndrome usually disappears on its own in about one year. But your doctor may recommend following treatments to ease your symptoms, including:
  • Medicine (no particular drugs, but drugs for depression, anxiety, or insomnia may be helpful).
  • Brain stimulation therapy (use electrical signals to change how your brain works).
  • Vestibular rehabilitation (do some special exercises to improve your steadiness and balance).
  • Exercise.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Have a good rest.
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