British woman 'suicidal' with permanent seasickness after cruise

Holidaymaker seasick for three years since cruise in Norway

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British woman 'suicidal' with permanent seasickness after cruise


A British woman who went on her first cruise to celebrate her 62nd birthday is still feeling seasick - three years later.

Diane Morley and her husband Dennis got caught in a bad storm on the second night of their Fred Olsen trip to Norway in 2012.

And Diane says she has not been the same since.

Doctors have diagnosed her with a rare syndrome called Mal de Debarquement, for which there is no known cure.

She says she has suffered symptoms including loss of balance, nausea, and a sensation of spinning. She has trouble even doing the household chores, and has had to give up coffee and alcohol. And even when she tries to sleep, she feels as if she's swaying, or sleeping on a waterbed.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, she said: "It's 24 hours, it doesn't come and go it's always there. It's just awful, I still feel like I'm out in the ocean waiting to be rescued. The only way I can describe it is when you're in a car and you can feel the engine revving up, I feel like that all the time.

"When I sit in the bath and or when I'm near any sort of water it just really wrecks my head, everything just spins and it really affects my eyes."

Mrs Morley is coming to terms with the condition with the help of counselling, and also takes Valium to ease symptoms.

But she once felt so low she even thought about suicide.

According to the Daily Mail, she said: "I just felt like I had lost my life. It's sort of a grieving process you go through. I wasn't the same person who got on that boat. That person is still out on the ocean somewhere."

Mal de Debarquement syndrome is rare and affects less than 1,000 people in the UK.

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