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Does anyone else have this problem? I experience a lot of dizziness (especially lately, I don't know why..) and when it's this bad any quick head movements make me worse..Car rides are difficult..It just seems like I have days where any quick movements really throw me off. Does this make sense?

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Oh this is so true for me! Sometimes I can't tolerate being in a car for more than a few minutes. Sometimes I do fairly well. However, don't take curve quickly or I will be feeling like the world just did a 360! The worst is night time. The headlights of other cars make me feel loopy, dizzy and lightheaded. I know I can't drive, but on occasion have tried to and it doesn't work well at all. Actually the thing I notice on a daily basis is when my family plays on the Wii.... wow, I can't watch them play for long at all before I feel like a migraine starting - dizzy, nausea, etc.

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I just returned from a trip to the mountains, and our friends we were visiting decided to take us on a tour of the area- which was gorgeous but it was a huge effort not to throw up! I'm pregnant too so it was much worse than normal. I never felt like this in my life until after POTS.

I often notice that I feel dizzy when I am a passenger, but not so much when driving. And when I get out of the car, I am severely dizzy until my brain catches up with the idea that I am not moving any longer!!

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Very interesting that you brought this up! I too find that I'm much more sensitive to movement than I used to be. Some days are definitely worse than others. My son is a drummer and he bounces his leg a lot in the car. Just that movement makes me really feel sick. Also when sitting on bleachers at his basketball games and other people move around on them or jiggle their legs, I find that it makes me feel awful! Being a passenger in a car is quite bad some days too. I also can't stand watching home videos or even a couple minutes of my kids' video games any more. While I'm not glad that so many of us have this same problem still, it's reassuring to me that you do.

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The worst for me is elevators and escalators and if I get off on a higher floor I really feel like the whole building is swaying and I get very sick. When I was pregnant I had alot of car motion sickness and as a child I had to lay down while riding in the back seat.

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My only strategy so far is to tell my son to quit jiggling his leg all the time. :) Harder to do that to the people on the bleachers who are moving around. HA!

I guess I rely on avoidance as much as possible, as in avoiding the situations that trigger it whenever it's possible and doing a lot of focused breathing when it's not. Seems to help a little bit.

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Chaos, I have to giggle at your replies! I am always asking the boys to stop bouncing their legs in the car! Or asking my husband to stop shaking his foot back and forth on the bed....they all must think I'm crazy some days! LOL!

KC

That is hilarious! I have to do this ALL the time with my wiggly boys, because any repetitive shaking or movement makes me feel WAY off balance. It's always "stop kicking my seat" or "stop bouncing so much" or "lay still"!!!

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I get all of this too! So frustrating... if someone else is driving, I'm sometimes so nauseous by the time we get where we're going, that I end up having to stay in the car in the parking lot and recover. Should have just stayed home! lol.

I did find a strategy though! Sea Bands. They're *great*. I put them on right before getting in the car. You have to follow the instructions on the box to get the most effect from them... but they're basically an acupressure tool. A little plastic bump presses on your inner wrist to ease motion sickness. I press on the nubs too for a few minutes to really activate the pressure point. I feel like I should be playing tennis in them, but that's ok - as long as I'm not sick!

http://www.drugstore.com/qxp152291_333181_...lt_one_size.htm

Also, I asked my ANS specialist (who's also a migraine specialist) about this whole motion sickness thing and he said it's migraine related. I then said "yeah, but I don't have headaches with it - I just feel like I'm going to be sick". He said that's what happens... it's all just part of the migraines we POTSies get. Anyone else hear anything similar from their drs?

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This is definitely related to the dysautonomia. When my son first became sick, he would become violently ill from riding in the car. The first time we went to Johns Hopkins from GA it took 3 days to get there, even though we flew. We had to keep getting a hotel for the night so he could recover from the car ride to the airport which was only 1 1/2 hrs. from us. During the entire plane ride, he did biofeedback with a laptop- it helped a bit; but if he broke concentration, he would barf.

Out of curiosity, did you just lose a bunch of weight or recover from a rough period? That is when it is the worst for me. After gallbladder surgery, I couldn't eat or comfortably ride in a car for months :D

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Does anyone else have this problem? I experience a lot of dizziness (especially lately, I don't know why..) and when it's this bad any quick head movements make me worse..Car rides are difficult..It just seems like I have days where any quick movements really throw me off. Does this make sense?

I get yucky feeling when I'm riding in a car. It doesn't seem so bad when I'm the one driving for some reason. But yes, since my pots got worse I did develop motion sensitivity.

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Does anyone else have this problem? I experience a lot of dizziness (especially lately, I don't know why..) and when it's this bad any quick head movements make me worse..Car rides are difficult..It just seems like I have days where any quick movements really throw me off. Does this make sense?

I get yucky feeling when I'm riding in a car. It doesn't seem so bad when I'm the one driving for some reason. But yes, since my pots got worse I did develop motion sensitivity.

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Yes, I think it is very common. I experience it daily. I cannot move my head fast and car rides are very limited. There is also a lot of TV that I cannot watch because of the filming. It makes me too dizzy. It makes perfect sense and I think we can all relate.

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