About MdDS

Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS) is a rare syndrome (or collection of symptoms) that happens when the Vestibulo-Ocular Reflex gets reset inappropriately.  It most commonly occurs in middle-aged woman who have taken a 7 day cruise and after returning to land they continue to feel landsick for months or years, but it can happen to anyone. It has been known to happen after train and plane rides and can also occur from trauma (my case) or even spontaneously.

Mal de Debarquement has a unique collection of symptoms, one of the most remarkable being the feeling of an internal or external swaying movement. It can also include many common symptoms of motion sickness such as nausea, vertigo, etc.

Until 2014 it was thought to be incurable, but happily, there have been huge strides made in this area!

To read more about MdDS:

Mal de Debarquement (UK)

Mal de Debarquement Foundation

Dizziness and Balance website

New Treatments for MdDS:

Mount Sinai’s press release about the cure

Frontiers in Neurology article about the cure (PDF)

Posts that I’ve written on living with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome:

Living with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome

Living with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome: Diagnosis

Living with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome: Beginning the treatment

Living with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome: Slow progress

Living with Mal de Debarquement Syndrome: Challenges and progress in everyday life

Other miscellaneous posts:

The Mal de Debarquement cure, or how I hacked it at home

Mal de debarquement and roadtrips

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