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How to avoid getting dizzy after rides?

I got way too dizzy last time I rode some coasters...

From Erich Brunk
Posted September 8, 2005 at 3:07 PM
I am going to be heading to Busch Gardens this weekend and the last time I was there I felt really dizzy after each ride. When I got home that night literally my eyesight was shaking. Granted I did not sleep much the night before but I was not that bad off. Are there any suggestions on how to avoid this? i.e. taking Dramamine or avoiding caffiene. I did drive up there 3 hours in a car and then went straight to the Loch Ness...any thoughts...


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From Anthony Murphy
Posted September 8, 2005 at 4:23 PM
You were probably tired or sick. Where you either? Motion Sickness medicine can't hurt I think! Good question for this site!

From Mark M
Posted September 9, 2005 at 4:49 AM
I don't get dizzy from rides, I even rode Mission: SPACE feeling a little nautious, so I don't know. Maybe you just shouldn't be riding looping coasters?

From Adriel Tjokrosaputro
Posted September 9, 2005 at 4:59 AM
Maybe you're too tires or maybe you're sick. And every people have their own limits to handle coaster. A coaster with high-Gs could be the main factor. Sometimes people will just get sick after ride that.

From Dustin Kern
Posted September 9, 2005 at 11:07 AM
There are two possible reasons that you got dizzy. 1. You are experiencing motion sickness. Even people who have never had it before can start getting like my brother. Try taking Dramamine next time.
2. You could've been dehydrated, try drinking as much water as you can 2 or 3 days before as well as drink water while you are in the park.

From Alan DeWalt, Sr.
Posted September 9, 2005 at 1:50 PM
It probably is motion sickness. I've been riding coasters for 35 years and the same thing started happening to me a few years ago. I take dramamine to combat this and it works great.

From Robert Niles
Posted September 9, 2005 at 2:54 PM
Standard disclaimer: I am not a doctor, yada yada yada....

Theme park visitors should make sure they get appropriate food and plenty of water the day before a visit. Get enough sleep, and don't drink more than your usual amount of caffeine.

Drink water throughout the day of your visit and if you start to feel dizzy, sit until the feeling passes, and lay off turbulent rides for at least a couple of hours. If it happens again, lay off 'em for the rest of the day. Hey, it happens. Dramamine can help alleviate the symptoms, but don't use that to mask them while you scramble your brain. Let it rest.

From melissa faulkner
Posted September 11, 2005 at 4:48 PM
I started getting dizzy on coasters a few years ago after never being dizzy on them. Dramamine really helps me a lot but the down side is the make me drousy which can be pretty lousy in a theme park. My mom used to get really dizzy on some then she tried this trick. She wears 2 preasure point bracelets on her wrists. They are like sweat bands with a small plastic ball attached and you position the ball over the pulse point on your wrist. I have tried them and they do nothing for me, but honestly since she started wearing them she doesn't get dizzy on coasters anymore. So they may be worth a shot. They aren't expensive, I think she paid about $4 for the pair and she bought them at Wal-mart in the section where they carry Dramamine. Like I said they didn't work for me but the seem to do her well.

From Robbie Crockett
Posted September 12, 2005 at 7:07 AM
I don't know about dizziness, but I can say that a great way to combat nausea is to suck on a Ginger Altoid. A friend of mine made an excellent point that it seems a litte absurd that you can't find a gingerale anywhere at an amusement/themepark. I told her to try the Ginger Altoids and she said they work like a charm. I haven't had the courage to try this myself. Typically, I have no problems on rollercoasters, but ANY flat will make me go green in an instant and ruin the rest of my day. I'll have to experiment sometime on the Triple Spin at PKD.

From Robert Niles
Posted September 12, 2005 at 9:35 AM
Interesting tip. Apparently, many other folks find ginger an effective treatment for nausea. Didn't know that.

From Matthew Woodall
Posted September 12, 2005 at 10:44 AM
Another good suggestion is to make sure that when you're on a ride that you focus on a stationary point in front of you. Don't look around because then your body will receive conflicting information from its sensory organs.

Motion sickness is caused when your inner ear detects that your body is moving in one direction, while your sensory inputs (eyes, ears, etc...) are saying that you're moving in another direction. Focusing on a single point in front of you will help keep you focused on your actual direction of travel, and not some of the misdirection that happens on theme park rides.

From Robert Niles
Posted September 12, 2005 at 2:08 PM
That's why I always tell newbies who close their eyes on roller coasters that they are making a huge mistake. Focus on the track in front you, like it you're driving a car and that's the road ahead. The visual clues really do help your body adjust.

And when you can't see the track, look at something stationary relative to you, such as the seat ahead or your feet. The ride ops at Legoland recommended that I watch my feet when I rode their new robocoaster, and that was a huge help in preventing nausea. I tried it once while letting my eyes wander, and couldn't go again.

From Mikal Hawk
Posted September 16, 2005 at 8:58 PM
Eat a good breakfast before going to a park, make sure you eat food as you would normally during the day (lunch,dinner whatever). Don't go on a roller coaster right after eating obviously, but it does help to have something in your stomach believe it or not. Also, someone told me about sucking on a lemon when you are nautious? I don't know if that does anything or if its just a tale. It would probably make any unpleasant throw-up smell lemony fresh though.

From Matthew Woodall
Posted September 16, 2005 at 9:40 PM
It doesn't matter how it smells...protein spills are still disgusting! :-P

From Tracy Stewart
Posted September 25, 2005 at 2:29 PM
I have had motion sickness my entire life and I understand how it is. I call my doctor when I know that I will be riding rides and he prescribes me a prescription for motion sickness that are patches you put behind your ear. Each patch last 3-days, you just leave it on and put a new one on at the end of three days. Water does not hurt it. It works great. The name of what my doctor prescribes is: TRANSDERM-SC 1.5MG DIS NOVARTIS, qty 4. I hope this helps.

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