Carnival Ride Left Woman Feeling Permanently Drunk

Since taking a spin, Brit says she's always dizzy, unbalanced

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 11, 2014 8:55 AM CDT | Updated Aug 16, 2014 11:30 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Most people expect to get a little dizzy while careening through the air on a high-speed, rotating carnival ride. But for 26-year-old Bobbie Lane, that dizziness turned permanent after she took a spin on the Superbowl at a UK festival last summer, reports SWNS. Lane says after she got off the ride, she was "still a bit dizzy," but she figured it was just a temporary reaction to the ride and a day of "fun in the sun." But the dizziness didn't disappear, causing Lane to feel "like I was permanently at sea," she tells SWNS.

Doctors diagnosed Lane with migraine-associated vertigo, a disorder that often includes dizziness and motion intolerance and typically affects people like Lane who already suffer from migraines, according to the Vestibular Disorders Association. A person with this disorder may disembark a ride, but her brain's signaling can't keep up and maintains perpetual dizziness, explains a doctor who specializes in balance to LiveScience. Lane says her constant spins—"it is literally like I am drunk," she tells SWNS—have forced her to quit her job and radically modify her diet, but she has been told the disorder is curable and hopes "that one day I’ll recover and ... get my old life back," according to Metro UK. (Read how ballet dancers are able to spin around and around without getting dizzy.)

A British woman claims a carnival ride similar to this one caused her to feel permanently dizzy.
A British woman claims a carnival ride similar to this one caused her to feel permanently dizzy.   (Shutterstock)
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