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What causes motion sickness and excessive sweating indicate?

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Posted on Tue, 24 Jul 2018
Question: Motion sickness and excessive sweating in a s/p cervical car accident 38 y.o paralyzed woman
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Answered by Dr. Olsi Taka (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Flunnarizine or meclizine may be tried for the motion sickness.

Detailed Answer:
I read your question carefully and I understand your concern.

Of course it might be useful to have some medical reports or MRI images. I guess images are difficult to obtain your niece being in South XXXXXXX but reports may be obtained through internet.

Speaking in general I would say that those symptoms are to be expected in a severe cervical trauma as this seems to be. The neck is involved in balance through cervical nerves which provide information on head and neck position which is important for balance. So damage to the spine and nerves as well as the surrounding inflammation and muscle spasms after the trauma lead to those symptoms. With time at least a partial improvement is expected, in the meantime medication like flunnarizine or meclizine may be of help.

Excessive sweating is also a common symptom due to damage to the autonomous nervous system. Unfortunately there aren't any really effective medication for that, but it's still early, there could be some improvement with time.

2 months is still very early to give up hope, improvement is expected up to 12 months after the trauma, in some young individuals such as your niece even beyond that period.

I remain at your disposal for other questions.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Olsi Taka (41 hours later)
EXCELLENT!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
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Answered by Dr. Olsi Taka (5 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
You're welcome! Hope she gets better soon.

Detailed Answer:
You're welcome! Hope she gets better soon.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes motion sickness and excessive sweating indicate?

Brief Answer: Flunnarizine or meclizine may be tried for the motion sickness. Detailed Answer: I read your question carefully and I understand your concern. Of course it might be useful to have some medical reports or MRI images. I guess images are difficult to obtain your niece being in South XXXXXXX but reports may be obtained through internet. Speaking in general I would say that those symptoms are to be expected in a severe cervical trauma as this seems to be. The neck is involved in balance through cervical nerves which provide information on head and neck position which is important for balance. So damage to the spine and nerves as well as the surrounding inflammation and muscle spasms after the trauma lead to those symptoms. With time at least a partial improvement is expected, in the meantime medication like flunnarizine or meclizine may be of help. Excessive sweating is also a common symptom due to damage to the autonomous nervous system. Unfortunately there aren't any really effective medication for that, but it's still early, there could be some improvement with time. 2 months is still very early to give up hope, improvement is expected up to 12 months after the trauma, in some young individuals such as your niece even beyond that period. I remain at your disposal for other questions.