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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

Its call Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome-and you got it bad
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I get it and much more, and in many places, but all the symptoms mysteriously disappear when I go back home and down to sea level again. It seems to be the altitude, the humidity or lack of it, the static electricity, the limescale, the... the...
Any excuse for me to have regular visits home...
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Yes on all accounts. Headaches ranging from nagging pings to knock-down migraines. I also feel like I have lost every management skill I had ever perfected. My comprehension when listening and reading is highly impaired. It takes me much longer to collect ...............
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Yes - I was never sick at all before I moved here. I lived in Australia and literally didn't have a day off for years. Moving to Switzerland I got and still get lots of headaches which have developed into Migraines. May - Sept are the worst months for me, feels like there is no air at all............
Wow, well it is somewhat comforting knowing that I'm not just going crazy! Never thought much about air pressure, calcium in the water, altitude, etc before visiting/moving somewhere before...
At least, if mabern goes back to normal when visiting home, there is still hope!


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Maybe it's hayfever? Or have you started any new medication recently? Or have you been eating too much fondue...?
Neither of the former two
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Old 07.09.2011, 19:04
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

Perhaps you are meteoropathic?
In my home country (Poland) it is de rigeur to whine about the weather and how it affects everybody's mood and performance. Half the population claim to suffer from this "disorder."
Still, the weather has been funny this summer in Switzerland, hasn't it? I had a lot of days when I felt dizzy or just weak.
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

My OH experiences the opposite each and every time she comes to Switzerland for a few months. It began in Michigan twelve years ago, one maxillary sinusitis after the other, with severe pain, dizziness, chills, week-long ear noise, serious sleep deprivation etc., total inability to work, sometimes even to walk, for a week or more, up to ten bouts per year. No doctor, no hospital could offer a lasting solution.

As soon as she arrives in Switzerland, her symptoms abate within a few days, and she is creative, active and chipper until she flies back home. Not a single bout in five or six months (per year) here but five to seven bouts in the six to seven months in her rural home on Lake Michigan.

I blame allergies. She does have a mold allergy but lives in a mold-free home which even got virtually torn apart a few years ago to make sure there was no hidden mold, all carpeting replaced with hard-wood floors etc.. No improvement there but immediate relief here. The American doctors do not seem to be interested in finding a cause.

On the other hand, she complains about water retention here much more often than back home.

Just in case some dirty minds conclude it might be caused by the lack of certain physical activities that originally were meant for reproduction -- nice idea but wrong. When I'm there and can make absolutely sure there's no such lack, she still keeps having those bouts.
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

Yes me too. Also a Doctor less person before Suisse. Not any more. I think it has a lot to do with the electricity. Possibly the high powered trains that pass by my window every 15 minutes. Doctors are still scratching their bald heads wondering what is wrong. So I ignored all advice and took multivitamins, lots of B vitamins and most importantly magnesium. Somehow the vitamins and magnesium really work. I even spoke with Doctors for the Environment. They just said I should move. I had never been to hospital before. Twice now I have been. As for food is suisse is good. NOT!!!!
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As for food is suisse is good. NOT!!!!
Before I moved here I knew that there were different kinds of Wurst, and that they had different flavors and ingredients. But it seems like no matter what kind of Wurst I buy at the store, they all taste and look like giant hot dogs.

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Hello,


This might seem like a strange question, but I am legitimately curious whether others also feel a little ''slower in the head'' since they've moved here

Ever since I came here, I have been experiencing a lot of headaches and dizziness; I actually feel as if my neurons are firing a little slower! Today at work my head is throbbing and I can't seem to focus or concentrate on anything, and it has been consistently happening for the year and a quarter that I've lived here. I seem to have become forgetful as well, and I have never experienced this, or was this way before; I've talked to a few people who have moved here and some of them say they feel the same thing, but aren't sure why.

Could it be the altitude? The air pressure? The climate?? Maybe the general ''slower'' pace of everyday life?

....Something in the food?

Or could it be just a coping mechanism in response to dealing with so much stress due to moving to another country? I can't really chalk it up to age, given that I'm 22 years old...

All I know is that I feel as if I have definitely lost a few IQ points, and met a few others who claimed they feel the same. Is it just a few of us then, or has anybody else experienced this, and if so, any tips as to what and why it is??


Thanks for your input!

you may be developing allergies
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Old 07.09.2011, 22:01
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

For me it was:
  • new allergies
  • severe winters
  • new language
  • too much bread
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

This is very interesting. I too have noticed this. Ive started (and had to learn) two different jobs since i moved here and that damn "brain fog" made my learning curb ridiculously long, and with that the stupid mistakes i never would've made back home. I REALLY need to keep my eye on the ball here unlike back home where i could just go by instinct or whatever and still get it right. There are days when i feel so retarded at work i wonder if i should be there at all, its a really strange feeling and i certainly don't recognize having it back home, unless i didn't get enough sleep or something.

I think its just too many new impressions, new country, new ways, new language, new culture, etc. The general discomfort of being out of your safe zone where you've been all your life. There are not as many references to make educated guesses from so you basically start from scratch.

Plus, i find myself drinking more here than back home, like many expats, its like a working vacation, that might have something to do with it
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

Laid in bed with a banging headache! Always feeling sleepy in the afternoon. I lose words in English.

Its happening to me too!
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

I think I may have felt this (or something very similar) earlier today...

It was like a pressure on both sides of my head, above my ears. It wasn't necessarily painful, though. It was just really annoying -- almost like there was a large bubble of air in my head or something. And I found it difficult to concentrate.

So I looked online to see what kinds of medication I can take for "sinus pressure" (since I'm pregnant). It said paracetamol is okay. So I took one tablet and sure enough... within an hour, I felt back to normal and the "bubble" was gone.

This tells me that what I was experiencing was, in fact, sinus pressure.

And there is a strange, warm wind today... so maybe it is related to that Fohn thing?
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

I get similar symtoms to what you described each time I return to Switzerland from a trip away. Sore sinuses, a full feeling in my head and a lack of clarity It usually takes about 3 - 4 days to settle down. I put it down the the altitude. My husband however has had the worst allergies in over 10 years here. He broke out in hives twice this spring. We must be allergic to all that clean air
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I think I may have felt this (or something very similar) earlier today...

It was like a pressure on both sides of my head, above my ears. It wasn't necessarily painful, though. It was just really annoying -- almost like there was a large bubble of air in my head or something. And I found it difficult to concentrate.

So I looked online to see what kinds of medication I can take for "sinus pressure" (since I'm pregnant). It said paracetamol is okay. So I took one tablet and sure enough... within an hour, I felt back to normal and the "bubble" was gone.

This tells me that what I was experiencing was, in fact, sinus pressure.

And there is a strange, warm wind today... so maybe it is related to that Fohn thing?
Yes, that sounds like a congested orifices of the etmoid sinuses. Just like all the other paranasal sinuses, they can function as little barometers when the free air circulation between them and the nasal cavities is blocked by even a slight swelling of the mucous membranes.
If recurrent, you might consider the use of a nasal salt spray (available OTC, even at Coop an Migros, usually somewhere near the multivitamins and the like). If things get worse, another option is chamomile steam inhalation at least twice a day or even simple nasal irrigation with lukewarm saline solution, i.e. a little pinch of salt, i.e. some salt on the tip of a pointed knife or so in a quarter cup of lukewarm water, i.e. around 100° F. There also are nasal irrigation bottles available at drugstores.

Doctors often prescribe cortisone sprays or drops, which are a bit of overkill in minor cases. They work quicker than the simple remedies above, but they tend to dry out the mucous membranes, which can make them more prone to relapses.

Congested sinuses are one of the main causes of Föhn sickness.
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

I definitely get more headaches and migraines here than I ever did back home. I also often experience a build up of pressure in my sinuses - more than once I thought I was having / about to have a nose bleed, although it's never actually happened.

I've just put it down to a different altitude and climate in general.
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Yes on all accounts. Headaches ranging from nagging pings to knock-down migraines. I also feel like I have lost every management skill I had ever perfected. My comprehension when listening and reading is highly impaired. It takes me much longer to collect my thoughts before I can form an opinion much less verbalize one (because my vocabulary has become impaired... I can't even think of simple words like "log" and "socks".) And the other day when I was asked to organize a 30 minute meeting I about had a panic attack at the thought of actually having to organize and lead something for other people to follow!!!! [CLUTCH THE PEARLS]loud scream[/CLUTCH THE PEARLS]

Before coming here, none of this was a problem, despite the ADHD. It really is a mystery to me. Although it helps to understand why Swiss sometimes just stop dead in their tracks and start turning in place looking dazed and confused... or do they just have a laggy internet connection? Oh I don't know anymore...
To be honest, that sounds like burn-out symptoms. Im speaking from experience.
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

Yes, here in Switzerland, I am always tired in the morning when I get up from bed after normal hours of sleep, while back home I always felt fresh and ready to tackle the day.
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Dear God, no... and a Swiss doctor at that

I heard they don't even use gloves and try to cure everything by smearing vaseline all over you!
They don`t wear gloves because they ... well mine anyway ..... diagnoses everything from a distance. He just rolls around on his wheelie chair thing, slides it over to his medicine cupboard, then skids over to the washbasin to fill a (disposable) cup with water ...... The only things that comes into contact with my foreign skin are disposable ends of instruments for probing ears, or clamping on fingertip for some sort of diagnosis, and other gadgets to test the body.

Oh yes ...... he shakes hands! On greeting, and again on leaving...... but I am trusting that he washes his hands in that basin inbetween each patient greeting. Maybe I should be the one wearing the gloves?
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Yes, here in Switzerland, I am always tired in the morning when I get up from bed after normal hours of sleep, while back home I always felt fresh and ready to tackle the day.
Me too. I seem to need at least 9 hours of sleep here! And can happily sleep for 10! Actually, 10 is good - with a good shot of strong coffee to actually wake up.

I am told it is the weather. It changes to quickly. It is too hot. It is too windy. The nights are too cold too soon.

Next it will be the snow. And then it will be the lack of sunshine. Or there will be a "bug" going around.
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For me it was:
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  • too much bread
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Re: Anybody else feeling ''slow'' since moving here?

we should hope that swiss employeers do not read this board or they will stop to hire those unreliable, painful and not 100% working expats :P
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