While patients may complain of dizziness after air/land/water-based travel or even “spontaneously,” they don’t mean dizzy per se. For lack of a better word they mean to say, they feel as if they are on a boat.
Common Symptoms Include:
- a persistent sensation of rocking, swaying, and/or bobbing
- difficulty maintaining balance
- impaired cognitive function
- anxiety and/or depression
- headache (including migraine)
- Symptom intensity is highly variable among patients and may be quite disabling.
- Patients are usually relieved when in motion, e.g., riding in a car.
- Anticholinergic medications such as meclizine or scopolamine are not effective in either treatment or prevention of MdDS.
- Treatments are trial and error. There is evidence that benzodiazepines or SSNI/SSRIs may have beneficial effects but they rarely stop the disorder completely.
- There are many people walking around suffering from this condition who don’t know MdDS is the cause. They are undiagnosed.
- The average person with this condition sees a dozen doctors and has many tests without diagnostic findings.
- MdDS may persist for months to years.
- The cause of MdDS remains unknown.
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