Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS)

Mal de Debarquement SyndromeMdDS is a neurological condition that may occur after a flight, a boat trip or when your body sustains prolonged periods of movement in multiple flights of motion simultaneously. There are also occasions when this condition occurs spontaneously.

You can imagine stepping out of a plane, a boat or train and you constantly start bobbing, swaying or rocking like a buoy on the water. Most individuals experience these disorientating sensations for a few minutes after disembarkation.

Although motion triggers are the most common causes of this condition. Some individuals develop MdDS signs and symptoms for other reasons, such as after surgery and playing computer games.

From the research, most individuals can experience this condition after long trips. However, there is no any relationship between the distance covered while on your trip and how long the symptoms last or how bad they are. While any motion may lead to this condition, most in the medical field do not know what is really behind it.

The Symptoms of MdDS

The main signs of Mal de Debarquement may include bobbing, rocking or swaying but there is no reason for it. Sometimes you may feel unsteady or stagger a bit. Other signs and symptoms include:

• Confusion

• Anxiety

• Depression

• Feeling very tired

• Having focused difficulties

Some of the symptoms may disappear when you ride in a train or a car, but they will come back after you stop moving and they can even get worse with fast movement, stress, tiredness, flickering lights, being in a closed-in space, trying to be still when going to sleep and intense visual activity such as playing computer video games.

Treatment Options for MdDS

This condition has been researched and recognized for decades, and the main cause has been elusive, and most researchers across the globe continue to hypothesize. Many studies have suggested a link to the variant of a migraine or related to trains, car, flight, or ship motion sickness.

In most parts of the world, these conditions are limited, and patients are commonly referred for chiropractic treatment.