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Old 04-22-2009, 05:10 PM   #1
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What is my problem? I have a hard time riding rollercoasters

Hi, back in december of 2006 I went to Six Flags Magic Mountain and something strange happened when I went on some rollercoasters. I started feeling this odd feeling where there was some rush in my head when the coaster went fast and made turns and loops. It felt uncomfortable and I was afraid of having problems. I think I felt as if I was going to pass out. I have a hard time describing these feelings.

Since that time in 2006 I have not ridden a rollercoaster mostly because of this problem.

Before this incident I was rollercoaster crazy and I didn't have any of these problems though I did felt as if I was going to blackout on some rides, but that may be another issue.

I did start to develop anxiety and panic attack symptoms back in 2004 and have had this issue since, but even between 2004 and 2006 I did fine riding rollercoasters.

So I am curious to know if anybody knows about my issue and if anyone can relate?

 
Old 04-26-2009, 11:46 AM   #2
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Re: What is my problem? I have a hard time riding rollercoasters

You could have had a shortage of oxygen. Some teenagers are now intentionally causing themselves to black out during roller coaster rides for the thrill of it, of course it can be deadly or damaging. Dr. Phil had a show about this. Depending on the type of roller coaster I guess it is possible to be deprived of oxygen without trying, especially if you panic at all and hold your breath without realizing it.
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Old 04-26-2009, 06:32 PM   #3
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Re: What is my problem? I have a hard time riding rollercoasters

it could be from the G forces. A lot of coasters today give some high G forces (relative to the old wooden ones). I get like that on some rides (even if not a coaster). I feel like I'm having a "brown out" sometimes. Wouldn't hurt to get checked out...but I think you are probably very normal.

 
Old 04-26-2009, 11:03 PM   #4
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Re: What is my problem? I have a hard time riding rollercoasters

what's odd is before that last time I went on coasters in 2006, probably a 1 year before at least, I didn't have this problem. I'd still feel a blackout moment, but just simply riding a coaster with all its turns and loops and high speeds made me feel uncomfortable and I felt these what I think are "panic attack" feelings. I used to love coasters, but now I'm afraid I will have these panic feelings.

 
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