Mal de Débarquement Syndrome, or MdDS, is a long term type of motion sickness that is typically triggered by spending time on a ship, airplane or even in a car. The sufferer does not necessary have to spend a prolonged amount of time in motion in order to develop MdDS. As a rare and misunderstood illness, sufferers of MdDS may be misdiagnosed or told that their symptoms are psychosomatic before receiving an accurate diagnosis.
A constant feeling of being in motion tends to leave sufferers with long term fatigue that may not be able to be treated. Nausea, confusion, difficulty concentrating and memory loss are all symptoms that have been connected to MdDS.
Little research has been done to determine the cause of MdDS. While researchers have come to the conclusion that the condition is most likely connected to a neurological condition, no studies have been able to verify this theory.
Medications can be used to treat individual symptoms of MdDS, but there is no cure for the condition. Many sufferers find that any medications prescribed by a medical professional simply lessen the severity of their symptoms instead of easing the symptoms completely.
The feeling of being in motion and dealing with the associated nausea, disorientation and fatigue that comes with MdDS can be debilitating for sufferers. Although this disease is very rare, those who do develop MdDS often find themselves unable to work because of the symptoms of the condition.
Sufferers need to establish that their symptoms are so severe that they cannot reasonably sustain full time work. Since the persistent symptoms associated with MdDS leave many people with fatigue, memory loss and trouble concentrating, it is likely that a person with MdDS will be eligible for social security disability (SSD).
MdDS can last months, years or for the duration of a sufferer’s life. Establishing that a person has had or can be expected to have the symptoms of this condition for at least 12 months is a must in order to qualify for SSD.
Anyone who is applying for SSD on the basis of their MdDS will need to prove that there are no meaningful full time jobs in which they could reasonably work on a sustained basis.
One of the most important reasons to get legal help when suffering from MdDS is that the disease is rare and little is known about it. Legal professionals with experience in representing clients while they are making a SSD claim know the requirements related to proving disability. When gathering evidence and collecting medical records is a must to back an SSD claim, hiring an attorney with experience is essential.