Help! Motion Sickness
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So, I've been getting motion sickness on rides since I was about 16 but now it seems likes it's worse! I used to just avoid circular type rides but now I get queasy on things as simple and Big Thunder Mountain and that just won't do!
I'd love to hear some real life advice and experience on what those with motion sickness have done to help be able to enjoy the rides again! I love Disney! I don't want to start leaving more and more out.
Help me please, Obi-Wan Disney Nerds... you're my only hope!
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I have had to give up some rides due to developing Meniere's disease, which produces dizziness without warning--and rides just improve the chance. I take generic Meclizine when we travel or head to the parks. It used to be a prescription drug, but now you can buy it at Target and other stores; it is listed as on some packages as non-drowsy formula. I do two 25 mg tablets per day, but some folks can get by with one, either in the morning, or divided into two doses. Check with your doctor on the appropriate dose for you.
If you are forced onto something like the Teacups (one of the worst for me), look out at distance and not down. Don't twirl the cup anymore than it does on its own. If you do get queasy, try to go someplace cool and sip something cold like a Coke (ginger ale is good if you can find it). Soda crackers may also help settle your stomach.
Heat seems to make me feel worse. If the worst happens, and you end up feeling really bad, you can rest at the First Aid stations or even at a Baby Care station if that's closest to you. Cold cloth on the forehead and 20 minutes of quiet non-movement with your eyes closed will likely restore you. For those truly queasy times, carry Pepto either in a small bottle or in tablets.
Last edited by yalibrarian; 10-26-2012 at 10:42 PM..
I get pretty bad motion sickness and I take generic Antivert (Meclizine) I get mine prescription but you can buy generic Meclizine over the counter. I wouldn't be able to do any rides if I didn't take it. But on rides like Star Tours I still get very nauseous and dizzy and have to close my eyes.
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I got SeaBands - which are like wristbands that have a button that puts pressure on an accupressure point. Also - when riding the tea cups (DH LOVES to spin them) just look at the person across from you. Focus on them. Rest when you need to. Good luck!
I see lots of us use meclizine. Bonine and Antivert are both meclizine, but I have found the generic from Target works just as well (same dose tabs) but for half the price of the brand names. It's really been a trip-saver for me!
I use ginger capsules for motion sickness and they work great. I still cannot do spinny rides but the others are ok. You can get them at the health food store.
I've always had trouble with spinny rides, but lately I've started to have trouble with rides like Space Mountain (oh no!!).
Bonine makes me feel woozy, which is weird as it's supposed to prevent that. But I've always had problems with "non-drowsy" formulas of drugs making me drowsy or feel really strange.
I used ginger capsules on our cruises and they seemed to help without any side effects. I'm prone to motion sickness on boats - even big cruise ships. I never thought about trying them for rides, but I think I will on our up-coming trip. Thanks for the idea!
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Some rides bother me more than others. Nothing I can do but avoid them. I can ride the coasters without a problem even though I don't like a lot of them. The spinning rides is what gets me. I couldn't even take my kids on the carosel when they were younger without getting sick.
I've been known to take Dramamine as a precaution but I know it makes some folks really tired.
I seem to be okay on things where what I see and what I feel match up -- like Soarin, Star Tours.
What really does me in are the movies -- like the one in France -- where I see motion but I'm not moving. Those can ruin my entire day.
I used to be bothered only on the teacups...with my crazy husband spinning them like a maniac I have noticed our last few trips that I don't necessarily get nauseous after riding BTMRR, EE, RNRC, etc. but I do find that my equilibrium is off for awhile after I exit the ride. Not sure if that is part of the motion sickness thing or not
I,too, am a Sea Bands wearer. Love them, and find they help alot. However, I have not tested them on TeaCups!!! The most important thing about using them is to follow the directions on where to place them. I imagine you could use some of the meds named by others for a good result. I like the sea bands because they don't have any side effects such as sleepiness. I like to be wide awake at WDW!!! Good luck!