Saturday, October 24, 2009

Did you have balance problems as a child?

The last vacation that my family and I went on brought back memories of the family trips I used to take when I was a kid. I had always looked forward to going on vacation. It was mostly the beach, the same beach in Maryland, but I still enjoyed it. The thing that I didn’t like was the drive there.

As a child I seemed to get car sick every time we went on a trip lasting more than 2 hours. It seems that I would get nauseated shortly after we took off. My parents tried everything. I sat in the front seat, which for some reason they believed would help my car sickness. It didn’t. I wouldn’t eat much breakfast and that didn’t stop me from getting sick. And I tried Dramamine (a version of Antivert) which I promptly threw up after about 30 minutes into our trip.

My parents and I pretty much learned to deal with the car sickness business. As I became a teenager I no longer got car sick, so I though that my motion sickness problems were behind me. And they were till that car hit me from behind and I started the Meniere’s disease chapter of my life.

Looking back I have to wonder if that early childhood faze of getting car sick was a precursor of my current dilemma. Maybe it just took the car accident that I had to bring out the meniere’s disease. I don’t know for sure but it seems awfully strange that I had such a problem with motion sickness as a kid and now I have meniere’s.

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  1. David, did you ever have dizzy moment when taking a pee at night, as a kid. I did...and my first real vertigo attack came in that situation.

  2. I too had the same issues as a youngster and now have Meniere's....makes you wonder!

  3. Meniere's disease
    Yeah I did have problems with balance in the middle of the night when I was a kid. I'm still a little shaky when I have to go to the bathroom at my age now.

    there must be a connection between car sickness as a kid and meniere's as an adult

    thanks everybody for commenting!

  4. David,
    This page is a general thread about Meniere's but there's a comment about a car accident that may be of interest to you:

  5. Thanks Jeff! I wrote a comment on it.