Thursday, June 20, 2013

Motion sickness baffles scientists

I get it! Ba-ARF! Everyone from the US Navy to NASA is studying it, though, so not to worry.

Sumath Reddy writes about this in the WSJ, June 18, 2013. Apparently 25-40% of us get it. The symptoms are nausea, actual vomiting, dizziness, and headache. Sounds like inner ear to me.

That would be the vestibular system monitoring movement and balance. Near as researchers can tell, motion sickness is a mismatch between that and vision.

The inner ear tells our brain we are moving, but our eyes say we are not. Ba-ARF!

Another theory ties this to "body sway," the amount we move.

Women are more likely to get it--the same for migraines--could they be related? Migraine sufferers do tend to get motion sickness more. Children over 2 also suffer from it.

But what can we do about it--ginger is being studied. Apparently getting a ginger capsule before moving helps. Dramamine is also recommended--but it makes me sleepy and maybe a little queasy, too.

Another thing you can do is be the driver--the driver does not get it, usually. Failing that, sit in the passenger seat.

Also do not attempt to read. That really throws your brain for a loop.

Try to sleep.

But keep an empty grocery bag or receptacle at hand. In our family, we called it the "spit pan," because my mother could not bring herself to say vomit.

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