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Since this is such a rare syndrome (about 200 people in the world) o.O I am trying to find other people that have it.

? Do you know of any support groups? You can send me private message if you like.

:-D Kind regards,
Sigrun from Iceland

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Woopsss..... unfortunately there is no PM on this forum %-)

And no one can give up an e:mail address here because the administrator then takes it out 8-|

I don't understand all these strict rules, don't understand the point, can some one tell me :-)

I am just trying to find people on the Internet that have this very rare syndrome that I have.... I am not trying to "steal" people away from this forum.

Regards
:-) very confused Sigrun :-P
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I saw your message just today, and have registered so that I could reply to your post. I have been trying to get a diagnosis for my condition for the past 3 1/2 years. It now looks more than likely that I have superior canal dehiscence syndrome. I saw a Consultant at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham (UK) last week, and he says my CT scan looks very much like the one of a man he operated on a couple of weeks before. To be absolutely certain I have this rare disorder, I have to go back to see him again early July to have a VEMP test - an electrical test which should confirm the diagnosis, if that's what I have. At that point he will decide whether or not it is suitable to offer me an operation - I am desperately hoping he will, as I can't bear the thought of living with the symptoms any longer. I can tell you more about the operation if you need me to, and a website in America at the hospital where the condition is first identified properly. I have spoken on the phone with the doctor, Lloyd Minor, who is at the forefront of the research into the disorder.
My best wishes, Philippa Thomson
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Hey. Funny thing that I just decided to browse around the internet today about SCDS. Saw your post. I was diagnosed with SCDS a bit more than 18 months ago went to see Dr. Minor at JHU. I got the surgery in March of last year and life has been great since--no side effects at all. Before the surgery I had autophony--heartbeat, blinking, knees moving, etc. It was bad enough to give me vertigo when I spoke above conversational level and the heartbeat kept me up at night. I had the surgery on a Friday morning and was discharged after lunch on Sunday--no kidding.

If you want more info, drop me an e-mail. I have no regrets.
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I have scds and had surgery in 2003. I still have some side effects, but my life is a million times better than pre-surgery. I wanted to hear from others who had SCDS back when I was diagnosed, but couldn't find anyone. So I started a Yahoo group for SCDS and now that group has moved to it's own scdssupport.org website. Search my name and SCDS, you'll find our group. It's the best place to get to know other's with SCDS and to find out your not insane....your symptoms are real

Hugs,
Mindy Haines
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Hi. I have just been diagnosed with SCDS. My surgeon (Mr Gerald Brooks) based in Harley Street, has suggested having surgery to 'plug' the canal. He has explained everything to me but I am very fearful of the operation as it is so close to the brain.
Can anyone who has had the surgery contact me with their experiences so I can decide what to do. I do want the repair but am a little frightened of the op.
I am a 39 year old male and have had the problem for 3 and a half years. Having seen 5 consultants of which one of them gave me 3 operations (Eustacian Tube and Gromets) I have finally been given a diagnosis. I have had a CT Scan and the VEMPS test amongst many other balance tests.
I would appreciate any advice and support from people who have undergone the surgey including recovery times, etc.
Thanks.
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I've had 24/7 unsteadiness, stationary objects appear to move, slight nausea, and a decent amount of pressure in both ears for 6 straight weeks now. Can't believe some of you had it for YEARS before getting the surgery. My doctor diagnosed it on CT scan of my ears. My right ear is affected, maybe my left as well. Not high resolution enough. I can't do ANYTHING that increases pressure like go to the bathroom, blow my nose, cough, or sneeze. I am DEATHLY afraid of getting a cold because it ALWAYS goes to my head. He wants me to wait 6 months to see if the symptoms are manageable. If not, he said he could do the plugging. since emails and other info are not permitted here, I'll save this page in case anyone follows up. I'm so scared I don't know what to do.

I haven't any true "vertigo" episodes with this, and as long as that doesn't develop, maybe I can deal with this. But if that happens to me, there is NO WAY I can live with it. Something will have to be done. I wonder if simple ventilation tubes could help the pressure issue. Anyone try that if your pressure is bad??

Rich
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I finally have a diagnosis of Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome. I've been going crazy with ear ringing, fullness, sound sensitivity & some other crazy symptoms. My ear surgeon said it's an extremely rare condition, only about 200 people in the world have it. The thought of surgery scares me to death. I'm on massive amounts of steroids for two weeks to see if it helps.
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I don't know if I have this syndrome or not. My brother was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease. My father has recently started to have dizzy spells and "drop attacks" as in Meniere's but was not diagnosed. I have very brief dizzy spells that are triggered by loud noises, bright lights, very high contrast computer screens, and quite often nothing at all. But when they hit me for no reason, I'm usually perfectly still and only am moving my eyes. It started out as what I thought was a sinus infection, but with no other symptoms than severe pressure in my head, especially when I stood up from the sitting position. I did not yet have dizziness. This lasted about a month in August of 2006. Then the dizziness hit and I had pressure along with it. September, October and November showed the same symptoms. Everyday, brief dizzy spells with constant pressure all day. Funny, but when I sleep, it doesn't bother me at all - or more accurately - only very rarely. December, I didn't notice anything at all, but I worked 6 days a week for 12 hours a day the whole month, and I slept on my day off. So it was all a blur. January 2007 came and wham! Awful pressure and dizziness, migraines, nausea, frequent tinnitus, fullness in ears, and muffled sound. All throughout the day. Some days were better than others. February came and I got so frustrated that I finally went to the ER. I had bloodwork done at a mobile facility. Results were normal other than slightly high cholesterol. My blood pressure was high as well (130/90). Since I had (and still have) no insurance, all the ER did was a CT scan. I told them to include the sinuses. Normal.

I went to an ENT, who checked out my sinuses, but only visually, and had a hearing test. Everything normal. ENT says nothing's wrong, you probably have TMJ. Went to TMJ doctor, was fit with expensive splint over bottom teeth. Wore this from June through September of 2007. Dizziness and pressure, nausea etc. got slowly better. Up until a few weeks ago. Dizziness and pressure came back, nausea, noise sensitivity and visual sensitivity back. Headaches and Migraines, especially the ocular migraines where flashing black and white zigzagging lights are in the center of my eyes for about 1/2 hour or so. At my job I stare at a computer screen for 8 hours (12 in December) and type text that I see. As you can imagine, this is affecting my job.

Brain fog and fatigue are common as well. Especially after Tullio. Yesterday, I had a bad episode where I very forcefully and loudly cleared my throat. The pressure and Tullio were horrendous. I happened to be driving home at the time and couldn't focus for a few minutes. Thankfully, no one else was on the road, as I swerved. This is becoming more than just frustrating! But what's a person to do? I have no money or insurance to see a doctor.

But at least it's comforting to know that others are experiencing something similar, even if I don't have SSCDS. I thought I was going crazy, as whenever I describe what happens to me, everyone thinks it is all in my head! I was starting to think so myself.

Where can I get more info on this syndrome?

Snert
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Hi

I've only just come across this web site. I'm from N West England.
I noticed dizzyness a year and a half ago. After much tests and a few consultants, I was sent for a CT scan and diagnosed with SCD. I had the operation on the 28th May 2008. I was told I would be discharged the day after - however I wasn't able to walk unaided until 1st June and only sent home from hospital on 2nd June. I have suffered terrible dizzyness since the operation. If I had to mark it on a scale 1 being good then my dizzyness prior to the operation was a 5 but now I'd say it is a 9. I haven't yet started back in work - so it's now been 6 weeks!! Work aren't very happy with me. I was never pre-warned that I could be this bad. I am on anit-sickess tables and constanly feel dizzy and sick. I am unable to drive and have terrible headaches. I have been told that the operation was a success but I have still yet to see the benefits. I just wish I was warned about the recovery time prior to the operation - it would have made me more prepared.
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I was enjoying myself at our annual Holiday party in 2006 at Universal Studios Orlando when I turned my neck and everything just swirled. I literally had to have my husband hold me up against him to walk to a bench where the medic van took us to the parking garage. I could not lift my neck properly and forget looking left or right. I could not understand what was happening. Then it seemed forever that I was experiencing difficulty walking, especially when I attempted to walk slow. I am OK as long as I don't walk slow and come to a stop. I have to hold on to walls etc. I also have such difficulty driving, I feel like I'm floating. I turned in my lease and got an SUV, the worse thing was sitting up high and feeling like I was falling out of the vehicle. I could not drive over over passes or bridge either. I am much better now as I am driving a car that is much lower to the ground. I was experiencing crackling in my ears for a long period of time prior to these symptoms, however this walking and feeling of floating has gotten out of hand. I had to almost crawl out of church on Christmas Eve last year. This is when I had enough and went to Dr. Atkins at Celebration Hospital (Balance Dr.) in which I had many unusual tests and then the right ear he detected some disorder. At his request I had a Cat scan of the left and right temporal and sure enough he said that I had this syndrome. I have had such miserable nausea :-( however I didn't know if that was from IBS. I have heard that this is a fairly new syndrome however it has become an epidemic. I am very nervous to get this surgery after viewing the folks on scdssupport.org. I don't think I can have surgery in my skull. The Dr. described surgery that seemed quite simple until I viewed the scars. Has anyone had all of these symptoms? Thanks for your answer.
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I have been dealing with this for probably 6 years. I went to several doctors over 3 years and finally was properly diagnosed by a specialist. I have moderate hearing loss in the affected ear along with ringing. Loud noises or pressures make my vision shift quickly sideways and my balance gets thrown off. The most difficult thing for me is being in a loud room full of people as when I raise my voice I can't hear anything except my own voice. I also am a professional musician/singer. When I sing I hear my voice so loud that it is extremely challenging to hear everything else. I use in ear monitors on stage and I have to crank the volume of all the instruments to overcome the volume of my voice. I'm sure that is not helping the hearing loss situation. I hope that a less invasive treatment is discovered as I am trying to avoid the surgery. I am 38 years old and live in Wisconsin, USA. For those that had the surgery, did they have to take a piece of you skull off for access? If so, what does the side of your head look like now?
Welcome all to this very exclusive "club"
Luke
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I too live in NW England and think I have SCD. I would be very interested to know where you had the op please.
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Suzy - I too am in the NW England. Could you tell me WHERE you had the op please.



-rty
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I am due to have the surgery next month can someone tell me what to expect??
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