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Dizziness

Morning everyone Might sound like a daft question but I suffer really bad with dizziness/vertigo. I’ve been thinking quite a lot about doing ‘normal’ things and how ill be affected. How do people cope with things such as boats, flying even theme park rides? Do these things aggregate such symptoms, I’ve got a feeling that they would Thanks Mini x’

Sorry Mini,

but I haven’t even tried boats or theme parks since I can just barely manage to walk outside my flat.

Haven’t flown since 2005. The actual flight wouldn’t cause me any anxiety, but I doubt I’d cope with getting to the airport by public transport in the first place.

Don’t even try anymore as I just see these things as asking for trouble!!

I simply cope by avoiding things that I know would cause aggravation …sadly that list only ever seems to grow and I’ve long since abandoned the idea of doing normal things

Dom

Hi, i don’t have an MS dx but I can empathise with the severe dizzyness. Just moving my head or eyes makes me dizzy. Travelling in a car, watching anything on TV that is moving fast, traffic passing by me when i’m walking and even other people walking past me heightens the dizzyness and i nearly fall over. I used to love theme park rides but there is no way i’d ever be able to go on one now. At work i have to use the lift as the weakness in my legs makes it difficult for me to get up and downstairs, the lift doesn’t so much make me dizzy as make me feel like i’m still travelling up and down for quite a few minutes after i get out. I don’t know what causes all this but it’s one of the symptoms I hate the most. I know vertigo is a common symptom of MS and other neurological orders, just wish i knew what could be done about it.

Hi, i don’t have an MS dx but I can empathise with the severe dizzyness. Just moving my head or eyes makes me dizzy. Travelling in a car, watching anything on TV that is moving fast, traffic passing by me when i’m walking and even other people walking past me heightens the dizzyness and i nearly fall over. I used to love theme park rides but there is no way i’d ever be able to go on one now. At work i have to use the lift as the weakness in my legs makes it difficult for me to get up and downstairs, the lift doesn’t so much make me dizzy as make me feel like i’m still travelling up and down for quite a few minutes after i get out. I don’t know what causes all this but it’s one of the symptoms I hate the most. I know vertigo is a common symptom of MS and other neurological orders, just wish i knew what could be done about it.

I find if I turn my head too quick then my balance goes. The weird thing is that my balance is worse standing still - I can even twist my ankle when not moving. I know it sounds daft but dancing helps - especially if you go to a class when you are dancing to a routine and that routine lasts for several weeks. I do belly dancing and the exercise definitely helps but its not high impact so I don’t get flustered and since I know the routine I know exactly where my feet need to be and it helps with my co-ordination. I don’t do freestyle since my feet could go anywhere.

I’m a great believer in use it or lose it, if you stop trying things because it makes you dizzy then the dizzyness will just get worse. Try to find a way to work round it. Try a theme park ride that is more sedate and see how you feel. Try a boat on a calm day on a lake rather than something like a ferry crossing

good luck - push your boundries and I hope you find yourself pleasantly surprised. If not then at least you know your limits.

Thanks everyone xx

I don’t even attempt to go on rides at theme parks. I have trouble staying upright if I turn my head to cross the road so I gave up doing things like that years ago unfortunately.

Having said that you have to do what is right for you, as we all know we are each affected differently by MS.

Jaycie x

I have MS RR. I get unbearbly dizzy when I go on the swings and the roundabout, with my children. I have just accepted now that these are out of bounds for me. I have no trouble with flying and as long as I am not tired or hungry am fine in the car, but better driving. I haven’t sought any treatment but my mum has Meneirs which causes prolonged dizzy spells and she takes medication for this so if you are minded to you could talk to your GP about this.

Angela