What are the signs and symptoms of motion sickness?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Andrew Brainard, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Nausea is the hallmark symptom, although it is frequently preceded by several more subtle symptoms. These preceding symptoms are commonly described as generalized feeling of unwellness (malaise), drowsiness, fatigue, and irritability. They can be quite subtle and easily mistaken for emotional responses to the situation. An early sensation of “stomach awareness,” described as a fullness and discomfort in the epigastrium, is frequently the first reported symptom.

Nausea and vomiting in motion sickness and can be quite severe. A nonvertiginous dizziness sometimes associated and exaggerated sense of motion and difficulty ambulating.

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