I've always suffered with car sickness and the NAS website suggests that this could be due to issues with balance (it's listed as part of vestibular over-sensitivity).
However, I find that it's not just car travel that gives me motion sickness - it happens with video games too (which is really annoying because I do enjoy playing them, but I find myself feeling like I'm going to be sick after about 20 minutes!).
I'm curious - does anyone else experience motion sickness? What triggers it for you?
I do, but only on some modes of transport. Car yes, if I am not driving (never when I am at the wheel). Coaches, always, to the point that I can't ride in them. Buses not generally (might be as they are not usually moving fast enough), trains no and my motorbike never.
The motorbike would suggest that it's not balance related in my case as you definitely move around more on a bike than other forms of transport.
I've got car sickness sickness since I was a kid. I thought it went away at one point, but I think it may just have been that for ages the only car I really went in was my dad's, and that car just suited me more (it was a big 4x4 so you were sat quite high up able to see the road etc). Then my dad switched cars and suddenly it was really bad again. It's better if I can sit and watch the road in a car or bus/coach, and by doing that, particularly if I can sit at the front, it's sometimes okay, but depends on the journey. I used to love going on the back of my dad's motorbike though and didn't have a problem there.
I also get bad vertigo on escalators and feel like I'm going to fall over (tube stations are the worst). I'm generally not good at things that require balance tbh (I can ride a bike, but it doesn't take much to put me off). But I love spinning in my office chair and swings and things like that, and I'm always rocking back and forth and from side to side and I'd say those things suggest in many ways I'm undersensitive so I don't know.
I get a delayed sickness- it has some posh name like "mal de debarquement syndrome" - what it basically means is a cumulative effect of travel builds up, and then I get really dizzy when I am lying down in bed, and it feels then like the world is spinning. If it carries on then I can also struggle to stand up/walk straight.
I went on holiday a couple of years ago and went on a crazy number of different modes of transport -- think it was 36 connections in a week - like train, bus, boat, cable car, funicular railway etc and by the end of the week my head was spinning!
However for me the worst by far is lifts! I will choose to walk up and down 7 flights of stairs by the 2nd day on holiday rather than take a lift.
Another really bad place is Superdrug...bright lights, noise, smell of perfumes, and everything I ever want is always on the bottom shelf - when I stand back up again I have to hold onto the shelf.
Oh - there is also a carpet at work that I hate walking on - it has a complicated pattern so overloads me visually and the texture is ever so slightly different to the carpet around it. From talking to colleagues i know it isn't just me with that one!
I'm lucky, motion or travel sickness is not one of my problems. But I have seen the effect it has on people.
On my first journey by ferry across the channel from Dover to Calais, I was terrified of being sick but I was OK. Other people who had a history of motion sickness were well prepared and almost immediately found comfortable places to lie down and didn't move the entire journey.
That's really interesting - I'm the same (absolutely fine if I'm the one driving the car, no problem with buses and trains, but struggle with coaches). I've never ridden a motorbike before... I wonder if you're okay with it because you're the driver, like with the car.
I find that too - I'm better in either the front seat, or the middle of the back seat. Having a wider view seems to help for some reason.
Spinning on office chairs is really relaxing, and it's odd that it doesn't have the same effect on us as the movement of a car. I've read that you can be both under-sensitive and over-sensitive (and can switch between the two), so maybe that explains it
I've never heard of mal de debarquement syndrome, but it sounds awful! That holiday would be a lot for anyone, but it must be even worse if you're really travel sick. Did you at least get to see some interesting places?
I share your hatred of Superdrug! It doesn't make me dizzy, but I do get quite disorientated and struggle to concentrate on what I'm therefore. Definitely too bright, noisy and smelly (all the mirrors don't help either - it's a big, shiny mess)!
That carpet sounds unpleasant
It's really strange - boats, ferries and ships all seem to be fine for me. It's mainly cars and coaches.
the holiday was ace - superbly well organised and well planned...errr...by me!
If anyone is keen for a new autistic special interest, then I can highly recommend a look into the integrated transport system of the Swiss railways. Absolutely compelling, and of course, being Swiss, you know it will all work exactly as it should and will all run on time.
I went to Switzerland for the first time this year - I loved it We travelled everywhere by train and it's so much more relaxing than messing around with British trains. Reliable, cleaner and much quieter