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Motion Sickness

(audience applause) – Motion sickness affects
approximately one in three people. It can make your world spin and stop you from doing the things you love to do. Our next viewer is fed
up and wants some relief. Let’s take a look. – My name’s Bill. I’m 54 years old. I started suffering from motion sickness when I was a child. But when I turned 40, I became
even more sensitive to it. It affects me everyday. When I’m riding in a car, I’m okay as long as I’m looking out the window. But as soon as I focus on
something inside the car, I can become nauseated and disoriented. It also happens on roller coasters. I can’t go on a boat unless
the seas are very, very calm. There’s a roundabout at the
park that my six-year-old son loves to play on and he
wants me to get on with him. And I can’t get on it with him. I have to tell him that
there’s certain things I cannot do because when that
motion sickness takes over, it feels like a full-body migraine and sometimes I can even
feel like I’m gonna pass out. – Bill’s here joining us in the audience. Also joining us is our
good friend and colleague, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall , the
Chief Patient Officer of Pfizer. When we talk about motion sickness which one in three people suffer from, so good topic. – Absolutely. It’s thought that it’s causes
by an inner ear disturbance that’s triggered by either real movement, or this is an important concept, perceived movement. It often occurs in cars, in buses, on boats and planes, on trains, kinda anything that’s moving. But I wanna ask Bill, is
there anything that you found that gives you relief? – Looking out the window helps. Looking at a stable image
on TV, something simple and then closing my eyes lowers, you know help calm that down. I’d like to ask why I
experience motion sickness and is there anything I can do about it. – Every single person
out there is different in their experience with motion
sickness can be different, but what could be happening when you experience motion sickness is your brain senses
movements by getting signals from your inner ears, eyes,
muscles, even your joints. When it gets those signals
and they do not match, that’s when you can start to feel sick. So for example, if you’re
reading on your phone while riding in the car, your eyes are focused on
something that is not moving but your inner ear senses that motion, your brain can’t take in
all those mixed signals so what happens is you
end up feeling dizzy, you feel nauseated. Quite frankly you feel terrible. – Bill mentioned that he had
headaches, nausea and dizziness and those are very common symptoms. Also common symptoms
include a loss of appetite, an increase in saliva production, some people get very sensitive to smells, they may feel like they’re going to vomit so the nausea but also actual vomiting and some people even
experience cold sweats. And then sometimes at
the other end people say they feel very, very tired and may experience very shallow breathing. Now these symptoms usually
come on all of a sudden and sometimes will go away as
you get used to the movement or when the movement stops. Now really importantly,
if these symptoms continue after the movement stops, you might want to see your doctor to see if there is another
cause that may be possible. – Anyone can get motion sickness. Some examples of where
it’s more commonly seen, children, pregnant women and people taking certain medications. Bill, you’re doing some of these things but here’s some tips that might
help you as well as others. When you are traveling,
sit next to a window. Avoid seats in the rear of the vehicles or certainly seats that face backwards. And on a boat for instance, request a cabin or a seat
in the front or middle near water level, you’re gonna feel the
least motion in those areas and certainly on a plane, if you’re someone who
deals with motion sickness, ask for a seat over the
front edge of the wing and direct that air vent
right towards your face. These are little things that
can make a big difference. – And I wanna stress again the idea that you wanna fix on something
that’s stationary or stable. So if you’re on a boat,
focus on the horizon or something that’s
stationary in the distance. The other thing that sometimes
is helpful for people is to not eat spicy foods or
greasy foods or acidic foods, to avoid alcohol and to avoid very strong scents or smells that can sometimes aggravate it. And then of course at the other end, what sometimes is helpful to people is nibbling on a plane a
cracker, sipping on cold water or a carbonated non-caffeinated beverage. – Lastly, as hard as it may be, it’s also important as
best you can to relax. Try taking deep breaths or
counting backwards from 100. If motion sickness is
a big problem for you, talk to your health care provider about some of the treatment
options that are out there. – So one of the things
that I didn’t mention which is very tempting, a help for people as
while they’re in motion in a car, on a plane, they wanna do those electronics, or they wanna read and I
know how tempting that is but resist. – No one is ever on their phones. – No, not never
(audience laughs) – Any
Anywhere. – Never.
(laughs) – Never seen that.
(audience laughs) – If you want more tips,
we have some there.
and of course while you’re there you can sign up for a monthly newsletter. – I’ll do it, thanks. (audience claps) – And Bill Bascom, we want to thank you
– Yeah. – for sharing your experiences with us Dr. Freda, thank you as well. – Well thank you, my pleasure. – Let’s take a break.

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