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Tiddlywinks
12-17-07, 12:21 AM
This evening as I was on the way home from my sister's, I reached a hilly section on the two lane road. It made me nausous, and started me thinking. As a child I always got car sick on long trips. Mom always chalked it up to sugar. As I got older I found I could no longer ride the roller coasters I love. Now I can't even swing on a swing set with out getting motion sick. Well, I started wonder if this may be caused by a hypersenstivity to motion. I know what causes motion sickness: the tiny "rocks" in the inner ear continue to stimulate the nerve that detects movement. Just a thought, any reactions?:faint:

VisualImagery
12-17-07, 01:31 AM
Tiddly, You need to see and ENT-otolaryncologist or a neurologist. If your problem is getting worse you need to find out why. This is not normal. This isn't medical advice, I just have a lot of experience with balance and dizzyness. Plus, it affects your cognitive functioning-a very difficult combination with ADD.

I have been in bed with limited activity recovering from my latest bout of ear/sinus/balance problems. This all started after a strep infection in September, 2005. I have ear tubes, my left ear is most affected. I vomited with it this time and had to be escorted to the nurse's office by students. Can't even drive right now. I am on 25mg Phenergan 2x day, Astelin 2x day-2 sprays in each nostril, and nasacort 1x day-2 sprays each nostril. I was a bit better today. But I do have facial pain from compression on the auditory and facial nerves-they are next to each other in the bony structure of the ear.

Did you know there are even different types of dizzyness? Vertigo, light-headed, etc. But if you are to the point of vomiting from simple daily activites and it is getting worse, a visit to the doc is definitely in order. Do not let them tell you it is nothing. Start a daily diary of your symptoms and triggers. docs need to see things in b/w.

A very small list of things that can cause "motion sickness"

Ear infections-middle ear
Medications
Allergies-severe they cause swelling that compresses the auditory nerve-which is part of your balance mechanisms
Your eyes-they actually check your eye reactions for nystagmus-an indicator of ear diseases and to diagnose types of vertigo.
Hereditary diseases of the ear
Meneire's disease
Labyrinthitis
The ones we don't want to think about-can put pressure on the ear nerve and Labyrinth. The inner ear is the major player in maintaining balance.


Motion Sickness-WebMD (http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/motion-sickness-topic-overview)
What causes motion sickness? Motion sickness occurs when the inner ear (http://www.webmd.com/hw-popup/inner-ear-5305)http://img.webmd.com/dtmcms/live/webmd/consumer_assets/site_images/media/interface/camera.gif (http://www.webmd.com/hw-popup/inner-ear-5305), the eyes, and other areas of the body that detect motion send unexpected or conflicting messages to the brain. One part of your balance-sensing system (your inner ear, vision, and sensory nerves that help you keep your balance) may indicate that your body is moving, while the other parts do not sense motion. For example, if you are in the cabin of a moving ship, your inner ear may sense the motion of big waves, but your eyes don't see any movement. This leads to a conflict between the senses and results in motion sickness.

Article about Dizzyness (http://www.webmd.com/brain/tc/dizziness-lightheadedness-and-vertigo-topic-overview)-"motion sickness" is related to balance so this might have some useful information.

I hope all this helps and you have a simple problem that can easily be treated. Best to you. Pm any time if you like.
VI

Tiddlywinks
12-17-07, 04:35 PM
Thanks. I was diagnosed with vertigo when I was in college, and know that my grandmother also has vertigo. At 22, I had my tonsiles taken out and the ENT confirmed the vertigo then. It doen't effect me daily, only if I spin really fast or ride on hilly section of road.

Looked at the website.


Vertigo

Vertigo occurs when there is conflict between the signals sent to the brain by various balance- and position-sensing systems of the body. Your brain uses input from four sensory systems to maintain your sense of balance and orientation to your surroundings.


Vision gives you information about your position and motion in relationship to the rest of the world. This is an important part of the balance mechanism and often overrides information from the other balance-sensing systems.

This does make sense. I also have a mild visual processing disorder.