It can be hard to get used to.
But it’s a very real, life-altering problem that affects millions of people each year, and one that’s hard to treat.
Emotional motion syndrome (EMSS) can occur when your body doesn’t know when you’ve felt the emotional signals you’re trying to get from your brain.
This is especially true for those who don’t have a genetic predisposition for it, as it’s not a genetic disorder.
If you have it, you might also experience symptoms such as: headaches, dizziness, confusion, numbness or tingling in your extremities, fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating.
If you’re thinking about trying to have an abortion, or if you’re having a family planning appointment or trying to conceive, you may want to talk to your doctor about how you’re feeling, says Dr. Lisa McManus, a reproductive health and human sexuality professor at the University of North Carolina.
Emotional signals can make the process more painful.
“The more we know about the way the brain works, the more we can make sure we can manage it,” she says.
Even if you don’t think you have EMSS, you could have other symptoms of the condition, which include: anxiety, irritable mood, insomnia, sleep difficulties, difficulty concentrating, poor appetite, low blood pressure, nausea and vomiting, or an increase in blood pressure that’s not normal.
If you’re considering an abortion or trying for a family plan, your doctor may also be able to recommend that you take some antidepressants.
For people with other conditions, the most important thing is to be able do the right things to manage it, McManuses says.
For example, a person who is prone to anxiety may be more likely to have symptoms of EMSS if they also have a family history of anxiety.
If that sounds like a lot of work, it is.
“Emotional signals are the main driver of our immune system and how we can be healthy,” McManens says.
“They also control the immune system, so the more you can tell that, the better.”
If your doctor can tell you that you have symptoms like: anxiety , dizziness , nausea , or tingle in your hands, feet, or extremities; fatigue, muscle aches, and a sense of tingles or numbness; difficulty concentrating; poor appetite; low blood circulation; and or an increased blood pressure of 30 mmHg or greater, that can help to manage the symptoms and make you feel better.
And you can find out if you have other conditions that could make it harder for you to cope.
You can also talk to a health care provider if you feel anxious, stressed, or anxiousness.
“The most important things we can do is to help ourselves feel better,” McGuernsey says.
If that’s difficult, seek help.
If the doctor doesn’t have any suggestions for what you need, you can try to do some things yourself, like: do a physical activity or exercise routine; exercise in a different setting or indoors, in a room that doesn’t create an environment that’s too stressful; or try to reduce the number of times you see the doctor.
It’s important to stay calm and aware of your surroundings.