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Old 28 July 2014, 06:18   #1
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Landsick?

I find if I'm drifting and fishing in lumpy weather I can get seasick, so I now routinely take Stugeron before I go out in anything over F4.

However, I'm noticing more and more that after 10-12 hours on the water I'm staggering like a drunk when I get onto dry land. It lasts for a couple of hours if it's been really lumpy out. Doesn't happen if I don't take Stugeron, but that's not really an option.

Anyone else find that-and any cure apart from alcohol? I find a pint knocks it on the head very fast, but I won't drink anything at all if I'm driving.
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Old 28 July 2014, 06:25   #2
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It's just "an effect" that your body gets after moving around for so long. The fluid in the ears is where your balance is regulated from (and where sea-sickness stems from).

Your ears get used to compensating for movement whilst out on the water and continue to compensate for a while after until they catch up and realise you don't need compensation any more. Alcohol (and Stugeron) work on it by numbing the sensation in similar ways.

I used to find that I got it after a couple of weeks at sea (worse in worse weather) and then went ashore.
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Do you smoke or drink coffee when you're out?

I used to routinely have coffee and used to be in F4-5 (typical North Sea weather). Felt sea-sick after a couple of hours. Switched to tea or sparkling water, which has worked for me. I save the coffee for dry land.
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Stugeron has a strong effect on me - it puts me to sleep! I've stopped taking seasickness pills now and concentrate more on avoiding the circumstances that bring on seasickness. Tricky if you're drift fishing! Things that might help: I find Lucozade settles me quite well. Set up all your traces etc in advance of the drift, so you can focus on the horizon, not what's near you. Try drifting with a sea anchor out - the change in motion might be easier.
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No and no. Strictly soft drinks when I'm out as well.
It's annoying as I don't get any seasickness symptoms at all as long as I take the Stugeron, but I nearly fell flat on my face when I came ashore last week after a long day out!

The sea anchor might not be a bad idea.
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Glad I'm not the only one, embarrassed to say as a keen boater but I get ridiculously sea/motion sick if I'm not looking at the horizon or doing something, never mind if I just drift and look down for two minutes to rig a line that's me done for the day.

Almost threw on the PB2 when the other guy was driving and I was staring at charts.

Cannot go on a playground roundabout with the kids, just watching them go round makes me spin....

Bloody ridiculous!

[EDIT] - realise this is land-sickness (get that too...) but thought I'd chuck in a contribution...
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Guys... I'm not having problems with seasickness! It's the after effect of Stugeron that's getting me.

I nearly headbutted the guy behind the counter at a supermarket last week when I was suffering after a long day...
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Guys... I'm not having problems with seasickness! It's the after effect of Stugeron that's getting me.
To some extent you are like me - Stugeron stops you being sick but the side effects are a PITA, mine are just different to yours. My drowsiness gets so bad that people think I'm unwell and would be unsafe to drive. I stopped taking them and try to combat the seasickness by other means.
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" after 10-12 hours on the water I'm staggering like a drunk when I get onto dry land"
Reckon you are just starting to get your Sea-Legs after that amount of time and when you come ashore you instantly reverse it and get the staggers.
Different for time frame everyone.
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Does it happen if you take the med without going on the water?

I'd be pressed to figure out if it is an effect of the drug directly (i.e. the drug is causing the dizziness), or an effect of the drug on your body's recovery/adaptation (i.e. the drug is affecting your body's ability to re-adapt to solid ground.)

Have you tried other alternatives to that specific drug? Ginger supposedly works well for a lot of people, as does Dramamine, Bonine, and Scopalamine (all trade names for specific drugs.) Seems to be a matter of finding one that works for you, while generating a minimum of side effects.

FWIW, I don't get seasick, so don't take anything for it, but have felt the "on-the-water" motion a week or more after getting off a liveaboard dive boat (usually at specific times: in the shower, or leaning over a sink.)

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