Symptoms of SSS

Mild SSS Symptoms

  • In ability to read in a car without headache, nausea, fatigue or dizziness.
  • The inability to sit close to a movie screen or watch the movement of a train or a carnival ride without nausea, dizziness or headache
  • Unusual sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Moderate degree of nausea, headache or dizziness on playground equipment
  • Mild car sickness
  • Sensation that print “floats” at times during reading
  • Frequent, and sometimes daily, “dull” or “pressure” headache
  • Frequent use of a finger or a marker to keep from losing place and difficulty hitting or catching a ball (in those who have developed functional tunnel vision)

Moderate SSS Symptoms (in addition to the above)

  • Necessity to be the driver to avoid nausea while traveling in a car, even on a straight road
  • Inability to look backwards in a car without nausea
  • Nausea when driving on tree lined roads when the sun is casting shadows across the road
  • Inability to look at stripes without dizziness or nausea
  • Inability to go shopping or be in a group of people without dizziness, nausea or fatigue or feeling “spacey”
  • Fatigue, headache or dizziness or nausea when reading, bookkeeping or using a computer smart phone especially when it is scrolling
  • Headaches or eye pain when exposed to a “flash of light” or being outside without sunglasses, even on cloudy days, or being in a brightly lit store (photophobia)
  • Poor depth perception, noted in activities such as parking a car
  • Poor sense of balance or equilibrium
  • “Klutziness” and poor coordination.  Reaches for but misses objects and runs into doorways, tables, and other objects frequently causing bruises on hips (in those who have developed functional tunnel vision)
  • Inability to watch rapid movement on television or a moving belt without nausea, headache or dizziness
  • Nausea when jogging
  • Inability to walk up steps with spaces between them without nausea or dizziness
  • Inability to ride in a boat on a flat lake or watch the motion of a river without nausea
  • Tendency to become very dizzy, get headaches or be nauseous when turning around in a circle or doing other rapid motion exercises
  • Frequent or constant unusual tension in neck and shoulders
  • Unusual fear of heights and claustrophobia
  • Unusually long “after images” after looking at most sources of light
  • Sensation of being “blinded” when looking at oncoming headlights

Severe SSS Symptoms (in addition to the above)

  • Very frequent or constant headaches, nausea or dizziness which can range from mild to severe
  • Inability to watch more than minimal motion without dizziness or nausea, such as watching ones own hand while eating
  • Seeing the floor or ground as being tilted or wavy
  • Frequent dizziness and loss of balance, especially when walking, turning around or bending down
  • Feeling that “something” inside the head or body is in constant motion
  • Severe sensitivity to light both indoors and out.  Light “turner offer” and shade puller
  • Inability to leave home without great anxiety

SSS patients will normally have most but not all of the symptoms in each degree listed above.  The symptoms of SSS and the ability to “handle” motion often vary from day to day.  One of the reasons for this is that motion sickness can be accumulative.  An exposure to visual motion can make one less able to handle a new exposure up to three days later.  Conditions such as fatigue, PMS, and hypoglycemia can also make the symptoms worse.  Also, if one develops an inner ear condition in addition to the SSS, the symptoms are usually more severe.