MdDS (Mal De Debarquement Syndrome) – Act Now And Act Fast!

MdDS (Mal De Debarquement Syndrome)
Act Now And Act Fast!

Chiropractic Care for MdDS in Boulder CO

If you’re reading this blog post you’ve probably been researching anything and everything about MdDS, Mal De Debarquement Syndrome; also known as Disembarkment Syndrome.  You are probably wondering why you are still rocking, bobbing, and swaying after recent travel by boat, car, plane, train, etc., and you want to know what you can do about it!

First, let me say this.  I understand your pain, frustration, and fear.  The purpose of this blog post is to be your advocate and get you the help you need as soon as possible. Time is of the essence with this beast.  I have had 5 different bouts of MdDS, the longest and worst being for a full year.   Through my own experience and research, I’ve been able to help others with MdDS in my Functional Medicine practice.  My primary goal is to help guide you toward remission as soon as possible.

You may be wondering what you can do to be proactive?  Unfortunately, many doctors are still perplexed about this condition and several are completely unaware of what it is, let alone how to treat it. That seems to be the biggest hurdle of all; just receiving a diagnosis!  No one has all the answers to this strange condition (yet), myself included.  However, I have learned and discovered a few things along my personal MdDS journey and while helping others on theirs.

There are several theories out there about “why” people get MdDS, and I’ll be sharing more about that in a separate blog post. But first things first. If you have MdDS right now, we need to get you headed in the right direction to hopefully stop the rocking and bobbing. Several years ago (the site that posted this has now removed it), there was literature online that recommended treating cases of MdDS with Valium within the first 4 weeks.  I’ve had three different doctors (2 separate occasions) diagnose me with MdDS and prescribe this for me.  When prescribed early, I’ve gone into remission much faster!  I think of MdDS as your brain being stuck in a loop and not being able to break out of the cycle. It’s working overtime and to try to re-right itself but it just can’t seem to realize that you are no longer on a boat, plane, etc..  The Valium may work by depressing the central nervous system, giving your brain a chance to relax a bit and realize that you are grounded and back on land.  Think of it like rebooting your computer.  Although in this case you’re not turning off the power per se, just turning it down for a little while so it has a chance to reset.  To reiterate, this is just my theory.  No one really has concrete, objective findings on this condition at this point and hopefully someday we will have more answers.

So, what type of doctor should you see?  My advice would be to schedule an appointment with a Neurologist asap. Please ask if they are familiar with/have had patients with MdDS prior to making the appointment so that you do not waste your time! Some ENT’s and other doctors are aware of this condition and the primary lines of treatment but if they aren’t, you may find yourself side-tracked with a host of things such as MRI’s, CT’s, vestibular rehabilitation and incorrect diagnoses. From my own experience and from several of my patients’ experiences, these things only delay the process.  I was extremely fortunate to have an ENT diagnose me initially, followed by neurologist at Johns Hopkins.  Both wrote the same prescription for recent (less than 6 months) onset of MdDS: 5 mg of Valium, three times a day for three weeks.  At 12 weeks post-onset this dose gave me roughly 70% improvement, the remainder coming over the next year.  At 1-week post-onset, (my last and 5th time) it put me into full remission.  Several of my patients have experienced benefit from this course of treatment as well.

In addition to taking the Valium prescribed by my doctor, I also incorporated other modalities such as increasing proprioceptive input to the hands and feet, visual (neuro-ocular) exercises, supplements, blue-light blocking glasses, meditation , listening to binaural beats, acupuncture, chiropractic, reflexology and yoga.  Throw everything at it that you can! The Functional Medicine aspect of this is crucial to your remission goals and especially your future health regarding MdDS.  I believe there is a significant connection between MdDS and neural inflammation, the methylation process, stress, hormone balance and immune/autoimmune disturbances.  These are all my areas of expertise.

If you are suffering with MdDS, I’d like to invite you to schedule a Free 15-minute Preliminary Consult with me to discuss your needs.  This can be scheduled from our website at Don’t wait, act now.  I look forward to speaking with you.

Ginger Wolfe, D.C.

MdDS Referral Sources:

Dr. Natalie Earl, MD
Feldman ENT Group
5454 Wisconsin Ave  Ste 1535
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Dr. Paul Dash, MD
Johns Hopkins Neurology
1501 S Clinton St Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21224
(410) 522-9940

Dr. Jonathon Welker, P. A.C.
Associated Neurologists, BCH
4801 Riverbend Rd, Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 415-8800

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