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01-02-2012 04:30 PM

I just got back from a lovely holiday. My wife and I went on a cruise, something we had never done before. It was very nice. The weather cooperated and the ship (the Norwegian Gem) was truly amazing. I had absolutely no seasickness.

We got back yesterday morning. Ever since, I have been having balance problems. My inner ear is seriously screwed up. I did a little research and learned of “land sickness” or “mal de debarquement”. It’s not very pleasant. I feel that the floor is moving. I have almost fallen over twice while letting myself get leaned over a bit too much. I’m afraid to head down to the shop. What’s scary is that, for some people, it never goes away. Most people get over it in a few days. Hopefully I am one of them.

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 04:39 PM

Brain eating amoebas, maybe. Does your head feel lighter, like there may be less gray matter in there? Do you hear any chewing going on? I’d see a doctor STAT!

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 05:03 PM

Might see if there is an ear infection from the pool messing you up

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 05:36 PM

Hie thee to an audiologist!!!

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 06:50 PM

I had something similar! You may have a throat infection, in an area where that tiny tube equalizes pressure between your ears and throat. If those tubes get closed off due to the inflammation, you indeed will get dizzy. Yes, I’d strongly agree with staying away from power tools, heck, even driving, until you recover. It took me about two weeks to recover, and even then walking a straight line was difficult. It has to run its course. Good Luck!

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 08:20 PM

I didn’t go in the pool, but I did do some scuba diving in shallow water (which was a really great experience!).

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 09:33 PM

I had something similar happen to me while on vacation in Mexico .. go to the doc. i bet ya got something going on in your ear. Its had me way off kilter for a few days before i sucked it up and went to the doc. I was pretty dizzy and generally kinda wobbly.

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 09:38 PM

Could be water in your ears. Happens to me. I pour a bit of 91% isopropyl alcohol in each ear a few times a day for two or three days. Cheaper than the ‘swimmers ear’ drops. -Jack

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 09:41 PM

Wait a day or two before going to the MD. I was a commercial fisherman for a while and we called it the HeBeGeeBees. Back then a good ole fashioned drunk would put things right.

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#9 posted 01-04-2012 06:37 PM

I’m definitely feeling better today. The feeling is subsiding. Most of what I’ve read says that it goes away in about a week.

Thanks to everyon for their replies!

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#10 posted 01-04-2012 11:50 PM

No, don’t think so. This being a cruise, I was exceptionally aware of hand-related infection. To the cruise lines’s credit, no one got into the buffet without a spray of hand sanitizer. And there were hand sanitizer dispensers everywhere. Furthermore, the men’s rooms all had signs requesting guests to use towels to open the door. Even back during the swine flu scare a few years back there wasn’t as much effort to prevent hand-related infections.

My sister has a bit of it as well. As a former boat owner, she and her family once spent two weeks on their 29’ boat and she had the mal de debarquement for two weeks following.

And, as I said earlier, it is subsiding.

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 12:24 AM

You have Vertigo. I had it when I first flew to America can last a few weeks and is very unpleasent affects vision and inner ear.I woul;d advise you to see your doctor as it could be other things causing it too. Do you get double vision too?Alistair

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