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Motion sickness?

I'm planning a day at the amusement park and want to actually enjoy myself and not be a bother to the people I'm going with, which is a slight problem when I get extremely sick on spinny, up and down rides ( I spin around in circles a few times and need to sit down, it's that bad!) Does anyone know of any good motion sickness remedies-- bracelets, pills, tablets, foods, tips, anything? Thanks a million!

If your motion sickness is chronic (I get motion sick shopping), there are calcium blockers that a dr. can prescribe. I went to a dr. that specializes in Balance problems like vertigo and motion sickness.

He actually gave me another med for flying on a plane that doesn't make me drowsy, but again, see your dr. I don't want to mention the name. It is a valium type drug, but very very low dose.

OTC - non drowsy dramamine, but take at least an hour before the spinny rides.  (+ info)

motion sickness?

Can someone explain why reading in a car causes motion sickness. I never use to get car sick but now I can't read while I'm a passenger.

Motion sickness is caused when the body is experiencing movement that the brain does not recognize. While you are reading a book, your brain is focused on a still object. This is telling your brain that you are still. However, your body can feel the movement of the car. This causes a break in your equillibrium and causes motion sickness. The best way to cure it is to watch a stable point on the horizon. It allows the brain to recognize the movement of the car/boat/plane.  (+ info)

Motion Sickness?

I get really bad motion sickness in the car or on certain rides. Would it help if i got my Tonsils taking out? Or if not, What would help? Besides Graval... because that would make me sleep..

I found that taking ginger capsules before traveling helps. They can be found wherever herbal supplements are sold. Ginger is good for settling your stomach and they don't make you sleepy like some motion sickness pills do.  (+ info)

What causes some people to have motion sickness?

I know how motion sickness works, but i don't know why motion sickness exists!
what is it that make some people suffer from it?
What do these people have, that other don't have?

is it caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain?

Is it somehow connected to ADHD? because everyone i know that suffer from motion sickness also have ADHD, including myself!
Or is this just coinsidence?

Also how rare is it?

It is an issue of the tolerance of a patients inner ear to motion. This varies among individuals. The vestibular system controls balance and transmits this information to the brain. It is nothing to do with ADHD or chemical imbalance.  (+ info)

What ways lessen the symptoms of motion sickness?

Sometime within the last two months I have been getting terrible car sickness. The nausea and headaches start after about twenty-five minutes of being a passenger in a car. Can a person suddenly develop motion sickness and what remedies work to lessen the symptoms? I get too sick and miserable to ride in a car with others for a long period of time. I am only fine when I am the driver and this is getting very inconvenient for everyone. Thanks for your help.

You could have an inner ear infection and you get distracted when you drive. Could also be odors in the car bother you.

Take a ginger pill before you get in the car. (Maybe a half hour before.) I've had problems with motion sickness on boats. I tried the ginger pill and was on a boat with waves so fierce they were crashing over the bow. I had no problem. And it doesn't make you sleepy. Also drink water, the headaches could be dehydration. So could the nausea.

Most over the counter medicines can work, but they make your sleepy for hours after the trip is done.  (+ info)

Are there any cures for motion sickness besides medications that cause drowsiness?

I would like to enjoy my regular trips to amusement parks and ride anything without getting motion sickness. Is there a cure or alternative remedy? Home remedies without meds? Its usually the rides that twist, revolve, flip, or go backwards.

I think they're made for a gentler motion, but you could try sea bands. They're little bracelets you wear on your pressure points at the wrist, and are supposed to be really good for travelers, who don't want to use dramamine. You can get them in the same aisle with the dramamine, and they're only a couple of bucks.

http://www.sea-band.com/UK/uk_seaband.htm  (+ info)

How to avoid motion sickness at an amusement park?

We are going on a field trip to an amusement park for school, and i typically get sick at the parks. And i realllly dont want to have it happen. I have heard that dramamine works well, is that right? And is there any tricks or anything that i can do to avoid getting sick. (when i get motion sickness i typically get a bad headache,feel nauseous, and feel somewhat dizzy)

Dramamine is usually tarageted more for long car rides, not rollercoasters. I have the same problem and after lots of bad experience I stay off the crazy rides all together. If you DO decide to take a chance and ride them anyways then I would avoid eating anything an hour before you get on the rollercoasters, dont get overheated, take breaks inbetween rides so your body can re-adjust.. hope this helps!  (+ info)

How can I prevent motion sickness from roller roasters?

Im going to be riding a lot of roller coasters tomorrow and I have a problem with motion sickness. How can I prevent being sick on rides without medication?

Would closing my eyes on some rides help?

Before going on a ride for example 1 week before you should practice like you need to move your head slowly first after an hour make it a little bit faster. In this way your body will be used to it. Do not make a sudden change on the practice you need it gradually.  (+ info)

What is the best way to deal with motion sickness?

I am terrible when it comes to motion sickness. I can't even hop on a swing, without feeling like I need to vomit.
I also have a fear of vomiting, which scares me to death.
I am 15. We are going to an amusement park type thing today and there are roller coasters and spinning rides, that look heaps fun. But I can't go on it because I am terrified of vomiting.
What should I do?

Pick the right seat. If possible, sit in an area with the smoothest ride, where motion is least likely to be felt in the first place. When making a plane reservation, ask for an aisle seat over a wing. On a train, opt for a car toward the front. Sit in the front seat of an automobile. And on a ship, ask for a cabin toward the center of the vessel.

Avoid standing. The last thing you need when you're trying to keep your stomach settled is to be tossed around during the trip.

Face forward. Choose a seat that faces in the direction you are traveling, so that the forward motion your body feels will match what you see.

Minimize head movements. Try to avoid sudden movements of your head, which can aggravate motion sickness.

Stay up. While you may be tempted to go below when you're feeling queasy on a boat, stay on deck as much as possible, so your eyes can confirm the movement that your body is feeling.

Look off into the distance. Not to daydream, but to focus on a steady point away from the rocky boat, plane, or car. If there isn't a tree or barn or other specific object in the distance to focus on, stare out at the horizon, where the sky meets the earth (or water). Again, this will allow your eyes to see that you are moving -- to match the movement your body feels -- without making you dizzy, the way that watching telephone poles or mile markers whizzing by can make you feel.

Leave your reading at home. If you read in a car, your eyes stay fixed on a stationery object, yet your body feels the motion of the car -- again setting up that sensory contradiction. Instead, focus on the road in front of you or at a distant object so all your senses can confirm that you are on the move.

Volunteer to drive. Drivers are so busy watching the road that they're less apt to get carsick.

Eat a little or don't eat at all. Sometimes eating helps, sometimes it doesn't. Experiment to see what works for you. About an hour before you leave, eat some plain crackers or a piece of bread or toast. If it makes you feel worse, don't eat next time -- keep your stomach calm and empty, in case you should start to get nauseated.

Avoid heavy foods and odors. The smell of spicy or greasy foods and strong odors can prompt motion sickness before or during a trip. So skip the stop at the roadside diner.

Say no to alcohol. Avoid alcoholic beverages before and during a trip. It can worsen motion sickness.

Stay calm, cool, and collected. Sometimes, just the thought of getting sick can make you sick. The same goes for those who are anxious about what they're about to do, like flying in a plane or riding in a boat. Try to stay as calm and relaxed as possible. Take a few deep breaths, and tell yourself that you will not get sick.

Try over-the-counter remedies. Antihistamines, such as Dramamine, Bonine, and Marezine, should be taken at least an hour before the trip for maximum effectiveness. Always check the label for warnings and possible side effects, such as drowsiness or blurred vision, and take necessary precautions, such as not driving a car.

Stay away from others who are sick. The power of suggestion is very strong, especially if you have a tendency to get a bit "green" yourself. As callous as it may sound, let someone with a sturdier stomach tend to the sick; you should be looking at the horizon or at another steady point in the distance.  (+ info)

How does ginger help with motion sickness?

I just heard that ginger helps with motion sickness, I'm just curious as to how it does so? Do you just cook with it? Do you have to eat it raw? Or do you have to apply it topically somewhere?

You can buy capsules at your local chain drugstore or health food store. Here is the pharmacology of it: "The antiemetic activity of ginger is believed to be due to shogaol, while gingerol has been shown to stimulate gastric secretions and peristalsis. The antiemetic activity of ginger has been documented to be comparable to several antiemetic medications, having local effects in the gastrointestinal tract and/or activity in the central nervous system. Due to a lack of sedative effects, ginger has been claimed to be superior to antihistamines for motion sickness. Ginger may delay coagulation by an effect on platelet-activating factor. Ginger may decrease nausea associated with radiation and chemotherapy."  (+ info)

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