Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Train Sickness Underlying Cause

Motion sickness is caused by excessive, or repetitive, motion.

The sense of balance and equilibrium come from:

  • Eyes: senses the body's position and direction of motion
  • Inner ear: senses the direction of motion
  • Muscle and joint receptors: senses position
  • Pressure receptors: they sense which part of the body is supporting weight

The brain and spinal cord organize and interpret all of the information and attempt to create a consistent pattern for body position and movement. Motion sickness occurs because the brain cannot make sense of the signals from the rest of the body.

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Last Updated: Aug 8, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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