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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Motion Sickness (Definition)

A symptom where one feels sick to your stomach because there is a discrepancy in his visual stimuli and the stimuli perceived by the ...Read more


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Why do I throw up when I get motion sickness?

Why do I throw up when I get motion sickness?

Vomit center: There are several neural connections present to help maintiain our balance. Unfortunately one of those balance connections goes through the "vomit center" in the brain stem. Motion sickness is due to sensory conflict (incongruous information from different sensory systems). When this sensory conflict occurs, it triggers an assortment of responses of which vomiting is one. ...Read more

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Why do we throw up when we get motion sickness?

Why do we throw up when we get motion sickness?

Motion sickness: One theory is that it is a defense mechanism against neurotoxins. When we feel motion but can't see it, the inner ear transmits to the brain that it senses motion, but the eyes tell the brain that everything is still. As a result the brain concludes that one of them is hallucinating & that the hallucination is due to poison ingestion. The brain responds by inducing vomiting to clear the toxin. ...Read more

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Major airplane motion sickness. Have to lean against window with eyes closed. If open eyes everything spins and throw up. Why?

Major airplane motion sickness. Have to lean against window with eyes closed. If open eyes everything spins and throw up. Why?

Conflicted Brain: On a plane vestibular system of the inner ear senses motion. However, if we look around we see a stationary insides of a plane. This is a confusing torture to the brain which tries to balance the conflicting date. Some theorize the brain decides it is therefore hallucinating from a poison and starts the vomiting in case of potential toxins. Closing your eyes spares the brain this conflict. Odd! ...Read more

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I read, people with motion sickness, we can give them "beta blockers" before the journey, can we?

I read, people with motion sickness, we can give them "beta blockers" before the journey, can we?

Not standard therapy: Since beta blockers can actually increase feelings of malaise as well as cause low blood pressure, unless anxiety is a major cause, this would not be first-line. Over-the-counter medicines like Meclizine (marketed in the U.S. As bonine) and use of ginger (as capsules or just crystallized ginger, which is also delicious!) work pretty well for most people. ...Read more

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Why do I have motion sickness?

Why do I have motion sickness?

You were built that: Way. The condition is probably hereditary. See http://omim. Org My wife and daughter are affecte. Neither can read in a car and I must drive very smoothly. Boats were hell. Conventional medicine is irrational. Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) or other strong antihistamines must be taken BEFORE nausea or it is ineffective, but causing drowsiness and a warning not to drive. Scopolamine patches work, BUT (see comment) ...Read more

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What causes severe motion sickness?

Motion sickness: Cause is still debated but it is basically a conflict between sensory systems. For example, car sickness is caused by your eyes (which are looking at interior of car and environment is not moving) whereas the fluid in your ear (maintains balance) feels motion of the car. ...Read more

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What works to cure motion sickness?

What works to cure motion sickness?

Motion sickness: Some techniques include looking straight in the direction of the travel when in a car & if night-time close your eyes or nap, chew gum, fresh cool air, wearing a special eyewear called viban, & medications such as dramamine (dimenhydrinate) & meclizine, scopolamine transdermal patch, promethazine, ginger as crystals or tea. ...Read more

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What happens once you have motion sickness?

What happens once you have motion sickness?

You will feel ill: Motion sickness occurs when your equilibrium system is overwhelmed. If you are traveling by plane, sit over the wings, if traveling by car or bus, sit in the front and look ahead and as far at the horizon as possible. Symptoms, which include nausea, vomiting, dizziness and headache, will subside once you are out of a moving vehicle. ...Read more

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Scrolling on my phone makes me feel motion sickness??

Motion sickness: The cause of motion sickness is the 'disconnect' between what the visual system tells you and what you're middle ear (positional system) registers. If it 'doesn't make sense' you may feel motion sickness. It might help if you held your phone farther away from your face, so you can get better visual info that you're really NOT moving, when your eyes seem so focused on that moving screen. ...Read more

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How to treat motion sickness?

Motion sickness: There are over the counter medicines that are available, speak to you local pharmacist, if not resolved might be reasonable to see an ENT doctor that specializes in vertigo. ...Read more

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How to prevent motion sickness?

OTC available: There are over the counter remedies available - including dramamine (dimenhydrinate) and meclizine. Talk with your pharmacist about options. ...Read more

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How can I prevent motion sickness

Couple of tricks: Some take otc dramamine (dimenhydrinate) or Meclizine prior to getting onto a boat. There is a bracelet with a bead to be worn if you might suffer motion sickness, and is said to be useful in some. The old fashioned scopolamine patch behind the ear may work. A lot of migraine pts have motion sickness, and anti-migraine meds may be useful. ...Read more

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How can I prevent motion sickness?

Some approaches: Ginger root, 1000 mg capsules, dramamine, (dimenhydrinate) scopolamine ear patches, meclizine, wrist bands, vestibular exercises to accommadate. ...Read more

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Does ginger prevent motion sickness?

Does ginger prevent motion sickness?

Yes: Research has proven ginger to be very effective for preventing motion sickness. See http://www. Nytimes. Com/2007/08/21/health/21real. Html and http://www. Drweil. Com/drw/u/art00390/motion-sickness. Html. ...Read more

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Does astigmatism cause motion sickness?

Does astigmatism cause motion sickness?

Astigmatism & Motion: Astigmatism can cause refractive double vision or streaks and that in some cases can cause vision disturbances which can lower the threshold in a susceptible individual for simulating motion sickness. ...Read more

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How can someone overcome motion sickness?

Can be challenge: Motion intolerance is due to sensory conflicts. These conflicts arise with the information from the eyes does not agree with information from the inner ear. Dizziness results when the brain cannot resolve this conflict. Best way to manage this is via avoidance and recognition of the sensory conflict. With repeated exposure this conflict can be controlled. If not, medications may be needed. ...Read more

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How to avoid motion sickness in the future?

How to avoid motion sickness in the future?

Sometimes difficult: Motion sickness is usually the result of a genetically overactive vestibular inner ear. The only possible treatment is to take medication that unfortunately sedates the brain. Meclizine, is the drug of choice but scopalamine patches may sometimes work. These ideas should be tried if you are going on a boat or a vehicle that may br turning quickly. Good luck. ...Read more

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