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When I was around 13 I developed what I would describe as (over)sensitive balance.

I'm a 42 year old male in good health. When I was around 13 I developed what I would describe as (over)sensitive balance. This stops my flying, boats, heights, kids fairground rides. GP didn't really take it seriously. Went to a specialist in London to rule out inner ear problems. Haven't flown since 1997. Is there anyone I can turn to for help/advice?

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Your described condition appears to revolve around movement and is quite suggestive of motions sickness also known as travel sickness. Initial symptoms may include dizziness, cold sweats, vomiting, additional symptoms can include headaches, drowsiness, rapid breathing and extreme tiredness. Motion sickness is thought to occur when there is a conflict between what your eyes see and your inner ears which help with your sense of balance. Your brain processes details about where you are and how you are moving. If this information is mismatched this can lead to some or all of the above symptoms. If your doctor has ruled out an inner ear problem then this may be the cause of your condition. If this is confirmed by your doctor there are various medications and antihistamines that can help with your symptoms and can be taken before you travel. There are also self -care techniques you can try, such as keeping still when travelling, selecting a seat in the middle of the cabin to minimise movement, fixing your gaze on the horizon, distracting yourself with music, books or games, you may also want to consider relaxation techniques or CBT. Hopefully this will help you,

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