A woman who went on a week-long Mediterranean cruise in her friend’s boat developed a syndrome that has left her feeling seasick for nine years.
Jane Houghton, 46, suffers from the rare Mal de Debarqument Syndrome which causes sufferers to feel the effects of bobbing about on a rough sea.
She developed the condition during the trip to Palma, Spain, in June 2001, and struggled to get her land legs back.
Almost a decade later, the mother-of-one said the condition has devastated her life.
Mrs Houghton, from Warrington, Cheshire, said: “It’s a similar sensation to walking on a mattress or a trampoline.
“Everything around me is rocking and rolling. Objects sway about and I’m constantly unbalanced.
“On a good day, it’s like being on a calm sea, but when I get a bad day, I can barely stand.
“When I first got off the boat, we treated it as a bit of a laugh. I went out for dinner and the tables were bobbing about.
“After a couple of weeks, I started to get seriously worried. My doctor thought I could be suffering from motion sickness, and gave me tablets, but nothing helped.
“I was referred for an MRI scan. I was petrified that I had a brain tumour, but when the results came back clear, I convinced myself I was going mad, to the point where I started feeling suicidal. My doctor was baffled.”
Oddly, the only time she stops feeling seasick is when she is travelling on a boat, plane or train.