Motion Sickness.

Canada
May 7, 2007 2:26pm CST
Yesterday evening, my partner and I (I went grudgingly after being bribed LOL) went to see the new Spiderman Movie. The 4pm show was sold out and so we had to wait till 4.30pm. We decided to get in line for a drink and popcorn so it'd leave us enough time to get good seats. Not so, we got into the theater and the place was PACKED. We ended up in seats right down the front - 2 rows from the front. I didn't mind this. We've sat down there before and had no problems. However, this time around, about an hour into the movie, I started feeling a little sick. Not a lot, but enough to make me a little uncomfortable. It got worse throughout the rest of the movie, and when we finally made it outside at the end, I took huge gulps of fresh air and started to feel a bit better. We live a 5 minute drive away from the movie theater, but that drive was enough to bring the sick feeling back full force. We arrived home and I was violently sick. I felt ill for the rest of the night. I've never had this happen to me before, it was weird and felt horrible. Have any of you ever had this happen before where you've gone to see a movie, and had it make you feel sick because of motion sickness? Or is it just me?
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@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
8 May 07
I tried to bang my head thinking of an incident where this situation happened to me. But nothing came up. I seldom watch a movie. In fact, the last time I went to a movie house was early last year. I normally went in to watch after a hot movie sizzled down. I don't have any patience waiting in queue to purchase a movie ticket. Just the sight of the long line irritates me to no end. I guess you can say that I treasure each seconds of my time.
• Canada
8 May 07
Lol charms, don't go hurting yourself hon :P I used to hate waiting on long lines for movie tickets too. I don't have patience for that. However, at our movie theaters now, they've installed ticket machines, so if you have a debit or credit card, you can use the machines and bypass the long lines. You can even use them to order your popcorn and drink combo's and then just hand in the ticket at the concessions desk instead of fumbling about trying to get your money ready. I love how much time it cuts from waiting in line for tickets.
@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
8 May 07
Wow, having that kind of machine available in my country will be pretty cool. Unfortunately, there is none. We have some cinemas where you get to choose your seat number. But the cost is doubly expensive. :(
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• United States
8 May 07
Yes I have gotten motion sickness from sitting to close to the moving screen. I felt that the actors where coming to sit on my lap. I had to move back to the back of the theather, it was not full my nephew just wated to sit in the front row. Yuck!!!!!!!!! I use to have terrible motion sickness. I would get car sick at the drop of the hat. I would even turn green. I have had a surgery that they cut my vestibular nerver (the balance nerve) of the right side of my head. I know do not have motion sickness anymore. I do have dizzy spells still, thats another story. You might have gotten some bad food or a touch of the flu that trigered the motion sickness. I hope you feel better soon and no more swinging from spider web to spider web,LOL
• Canada
8 May 07
Lol, lucky you with your nephew :P They always want to do the things that aren't good for us. I never heard of that surgery before - was that done to directly combat the motion sickness, or was it to do with something else too? I may have had a little bit of bad food, but I thought probably not, because my partner and kids all ate exactly the same thing as I did and they were fine. I wasn't feeling unwell prior to going in to the theater either. Oh well, just one of those things we have to chalk up to life lol. It's strange and it's bound to get stranger the older we get lol. Definitely no more swinging from spider webs LOL.
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• United States
8 May 07
The surgery was due to having Menie.rs disease. Menier's disease is something to due with the inner ear which causes dizzy spells, veritgo and nystagmus. Nystagmus is when your eyes move involintarly back and forth due to a stimulation of the inner ear or the vestibular never, which is in the inner ear. Oh well when that happens you lay on the floor and vomit, you cannot not move or anything, just vomit. Yuck. I was having these attacks daily which lasted for up to three hours. In my case I would vomit and have what most women have after, child birth, stress incontinence. Not good at all. In October of 2002 I was hospitalzied for these attackes and was on valium several times a day through the vein. I then went up to Stanford Medical Center, Palo Alto CA. And had to have that nerve cut so I would no longer have the spells. The good part of the surgery is I do not have any more motion sickness, the bad part of the surgery is I have dizzy spells still and I also have boughts of double vision. I can now swing on spider webs without getting sick. LOL but they will not hold me up.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
7 May 07
Oh dear Sweetie that must have been awful I wonder if it was something in the Theater that set you of I have never had that then again I don't go to theaters anymore I prefer to watch Movies at home lol
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• Canada
7 May 07
Nah, I'm thinking it was the movie itself with all the action shots. My kids were fine and so was my partner so I don't think it could have been anything else. It wasn't a pleasant experience , although I'm glad we made it home before I started throwing up LOL. Throwing up in public would have been SO embarrassing LOL.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
7 May 07
Yes Sweetie that would have been very Embarrassing so I have to agree that it waited till you got home to lol I hope you are better now though
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• Singapore
7 May 07
Not really.. not because of too near to the screen. The jarring thing I notice would be the loud noise and hard to see images. After a few experiences, I never buy tickets if they are too close to the screen. I rather not watch if it is too close - 4 to 5 rows would be too close even for a small cinema already. 2 rows is a holy no though I did try it once.
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• Canada
7 May 07
Here in Canada they don't sell actual numbered tickets. You basically buy your tickets and then pick your own seat in the theater itself. We got there 20 minutes or so before the movie was due to start and all the good seats were already taken and so we had no choice. I feel sorry for all those who sat in the first 2 rows. I wonder if they suffered any effects of this too.
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• Philippines
8 May 07
The Spiderman3 has soo much effects.. that it gives you motion sickness... too much movements. I sat like 7 rows behind the front.. I have this mild motion sickness.. as well.
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• Canada
8 May 07
Yeah, the effects are cool, but all the movement was just too much for me. I'm certain that's what it was. We live and we learn though. Next time for sure, I'll be sure to get there extra early in order to get a better seat.
• India
8 May 07
Yeah I have motion sickness if we travel more than half an hour or while waiting in traffic I used to get and now a days I got used to it because here we have heavy traffic and hence travel time has increased. If I am going for a long jouney of more than a hour I take tablets for that to avoid puking. But till now I haven't felt this sickness in a theatre. Only for one movie in Tamil which was very violent and noisy that too long back in my school days. BTW, How was the movie(spiderman)? I am plaaning to watch with my kid this weekend.
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• Canada
8 May 07
Wow, that must be bad having to take pills for a long journey. I don't suffer when we're traveling at all, which I should be thankful for lol. The movie wasn't that bad to be honest. If you or your kid is a superhero fan then you'll like this movie. My partner and kids LOVED it! I'm not a superhero fan and so while I wouldn't falls asleep while watching it, I also wouldn't be the first to go running out to buy it on DVD when it comes out on that format.
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
8 May 07
I get bad motion sickness. i get sick on a dock. lol. I get sick when i play my there game and the water moves. Haven t gotten sick with a movie yet. But now that you said that spiderman made you sick i probably will. If i go on long trips with an empty stomach i feel really sick. I get sick on airplanes. So yes i know about motion sickness and i hate it.
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• Canada
8 May 07
Ooooh, that sounds terrible. How on earth do you deal with all that??
• United States
8 May 07
the only time ive evry gotten motion sickness was on a theme park ride. ive never heard of someone getting sick from watching a movie too close. but at the same time i can see how its possible.
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• Canada
8 May 07
Yeah I LOVE Theme park rides and they don't affect me in that way, which is doubly surprising given my reaction on Sunday evening in the theater. Oh well, guess I'm getting old LOL.
@vanities (11401)
• Davao, Philippines
8 May 07
well it is expected that you got sick since youre too near the screen , i have that feeling too when i saw the blair witch or something to that effect title where in it is been shot by an amateur one , lots of movements make us sick i guess..and i was too sick until i got home..but im not sitting in the front row on that movie..
• Canada
8 May 07
It's funny you mention that, because I watched the Blair Witch Project at home when it came out, but I heard that a LOT of people that went to see it at the theater ran out during the movie to be sick. It's down to the movement of all the action shots that does it - it's weird and not very nice lol.
7 May 07
Oh hun, I hope you are feeling better now. Sitting too close to the front and right up by the screen usually makes me feel bad, I don't understand why but it just does. I hope it didn't spoil the movie for you hun
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• Canada
8 May 07
I'm feeling fine now thanks lol. It's not that it spoiled the movie as such because if I'm honest with you, I wasn't really enjoying it all that much (I'm not a superhero fan lol), but it did make things a little uncomfortable for me. It's the first and (I hope, the last time), I've suffered from this. It was weird to say the least.
@liranlgo (5748)
• Israel
7 May 07
I am so sorry you had to go through all of this, yes i too had this happening to me. I was at the movie and set too close to the screen, and felt sick. When we sit too close the eyes and ears are effected, so people who are sensitive, will be having a hard time with that. Not always, but still it would be better to sit not too close the next time.
• Canada
7 May 07
Lol, I don't usually sit so close, but this time I really didn't have a choice. When all the good seats are taken, you have to make the best of a bad lot. I didn't MIND sitting so close to the screen, and I've sat that close before with no problems, I don't know why this time it did. My partner says it's because of the movement of the camera with all of the action shots. He likened it to being on a fairground ride that spins you round. There's fluid in your ear that moves along with your body when you're on a ride spinning around and helps with your brain to absorb all the movement and keep your balance. When you're watching a movie, and you're seeing all this action, your brain is absorbing it, but the fluid in your ear isn't moving, which affects your balance and makes you feel sick. Hence the motion sickness thing. Next time I go to the movies though, I'll be sure to get there extra early so I don't suffer this again.
@Ismavis (79)
• United States
7 May 07
I once had this while watching Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on Imax. The Theater was a Dome shaped, not flat and during those panaromic sweeping shots over lakes,it seems like you are losing your balance.
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• Canada
7 May 07
Ack! I'd really hate that! Thanks for responding :o)
@NatureBoy (493)
• Singapore
8 May 07
Ha Ha. I think it comes from the movie. I can't sit in the front 2 rows and watch the movie too. Screen becomes too big for the eyes, the seats are to straight, and worse, you will probably feel dizzy. I always give up on movies that have only the front 4 rows left. Being too near the screen gives me a headache. And throughout the show, I think my eyes open to the sides, LOL Totally claustrophobic.
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@mymoney (106)
• India
8 May 07
Well I have to watch the movie to check if I can have the same effects. I too suffer from Motion sickness but I never realized a Movie could take you somewhere near to what you experience on a ride. My Friend did tell me that it had too many characters and the whole movie appeared like a cartoon, but I never realized it would be this awful. I never had any similar experience as yours nor did I hear such a thing from any of myfriends. Maybe If U se it on a big screen like Imax You may have such effect as your eye has to cope with too much within a short time.
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@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
8 May 07
I saw something about this on the front page of Yahoo a few days ago. It has happened alot with this movie. I haven't seen Spiderman so I don't know what it is, something with the visual effects I guess, but a lot of people were getting sick after seeing the movie.
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@Denmarkguy (1845)
• United States
8 May 07
I had something similar happen when I went to one of the Star Wars movies on opening day, and ended up sitting near the front of the movie treater. I didn't actually get sick, but sometimes I just had to look down, so I could "re-orient" myself to my surroundings. I do tend to get carsick fairly easily-- I can't read or look at maps for more than a few minutes, in a moving car. I think maybe it happens because our eyes are trying to "track" things more quickly than we're used to. When you sit really close to the screen, your eyes (especially on an action movie like Star Wars, or Spiderman) are moving all over the place... and it feels sortof disorienting... a bit like the effect of one of those "virtual reality" rides... even though you KNOW nothing is actually moving, your brain "insists" there's movement, and it can be disorienting.
• United States
8 May 07
i get bad motion sickness. I get sick riding in cars, rollercoasters, watching movies or shows where the camera moves around a lot, playing video games, being on the boat, on an airplane, etc... It is bad even being on the computer at times gets me sick :) It is crazy and it sucks having this. As long as I take Dromimine (not sure on the spelling) I feel alot better
@fox123 (285)
• Philippines
8 May 07
Do you try to consult a doctor about it? plss do and have some test as well..