Sick in tunnels?

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   Posted 7/20/2009 12:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else get sick while traveling in tunnels? I mean like the Lincoln Tunnel, or Eisenhower Tunnel, train or light rail tunnels, or the tunnels to and from Logan airport, etc. I got to thinking about this as I posted a minute ago about going to the movies. I first noticed this when I was young and being driven thru long tunnels...they all make me sick to my stomach and I literally have to go to my "happy place" before entering a tunnel unless it is short. As a teenager I always had to hang my head out the car window! Now I will go out of my way to avoid them. I think it's the combination of flashing lights plus changing air pressure, especially with tunnels that go under water, such in NYC and Boston. I know it's a little strange, but does this happen to anyone else??

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   Posted 7/20/2009 1:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh you poor thing. I don't get sick in tunnels, but I do get quite sick and aggitated if I have to go over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
So I don't even go over it. Thank goodness I live on the Tacoma side of the bridge and not the Gig Harbor side.

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   Posted 7/20/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Tunnels and bridges for me.  When I was a little girl my stomach would start to hurt and I would feel sick when I knew a bridge was coming up.  My family kind of made fun of me because I always had to go to the bathroom. Probably the start of my IBS! idea 'm still this way.  I feel like this in tunnels too.  I think it's almost like panic for me.  I'm just really afraid.  I had to drive through a tunnel near LA Airport on Sat.  I just freeze up, grip the steering wheel and drive as fast as possible to get out of there quickly.
I can't imagine me going in a tunnel underwater.   I would have to be drugged I think.
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   Posted 7/20/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
No I love tunnels went through alot of them when I lived in Colorado. But I do not like Bridges, I don't get sick but I am worried that it will break and so I always drive with my windows down so I can jump out if something happens. I am sorry to hear they make you sick.
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   Posted 7/20/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   

I hate tunnels and bridges. I would lay on the floor of my parents' car when I was little to avoid looking out from the bridge, tunnels drove me crazy. We used to travel from south Jersey to north Jersey and also into NYC and NY state. Most of my family lived up north, so no matter what, we were up there every couple of wks. I have such fond memories of the Holland Tunnel and the Pulaski Skyway!  NOT

My husband loves bridges (go figure) so he is always looking out to see if any boats/ships are passing. Yeah me! Yrs ago, he and I went down to VA after work on Friday night. We were going to spend the wk end roaming around VA & NC. Late on Fri night he showed me this bridge at a distance. I looked at the profile, LIGHTS, kept looking, NO  LIGHTS, kept looking, LIGHTS. Whoa, what happened. This stupid bridge also had a tunnel as part of the fun. It is called the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. I refused to go over it in the night. Two of my biggest fears in one happy bundle. Believe it or not, I haven't been down there since. smilewinkgrin

My last job was at a school a couple of towns away. I had to cross several bridges each day just to get there. I was very proud of myself, I did it each day - and not once did I close my eyes. I live by the river and the ocean, so everywhere I go, there is a bridge.

My family could never understand my fear of bridges or tunnels, but my father would always find a 'clean' bathroom for me when we crossed over.

God bless.  Alice.

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