Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome
The inner ear is affected by superior canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDS), a rare medical condition believed to be congenital or as a result of head trauma. As part of this syndrome, the temporal bone overlying the superior semicircular canal of the vestibular system becomes thinned, does not develop or is destroyed. This problem, much like other afflictions of the inner ear, causes hearing and balance issues.
Diagnosis usually occurs in mid-life. The mean age of patients diagnosed with superior canal dehiscence syndrome is 45 years, occurring equally in right and left ears. One ear will often suffer more extreme damage or symptoms than the other. SCDS is a developmental abnormality which is discovered after the temporal lobe of the brain pressures abnormally thin bone overlying the superior canal to tear, break or otherwise disrupt.
Before diagnosis, patients may be prompted to seek help based upon odd occurrences and feelings within their ear. When coughing, sneezing, trying to lift something heavy, or when a loud noise occurs, many people affected by superior canal dehiscence syndrome notice they see things around them seeming to move. By pressing on their outer ear, some may gain a sensation of their own movement despite standing or sitting still. Or, their eyes may drift. Most people feel physically imbalanced or have symptoms of vertigo.
Other symptoms of superior canal dehiscence syndrome include:
Intensified autophony, the hearing of a person’s own speech, heartbeat, eye movements, joint creaking and chewing are heard loudly by the affected ear
Vertigo, dizziness and problems with equilibrium caused by canal dysfunction
Vertigo, dizziness, nystagmus and oscillopsia (appeared movement of still objects) resulting from loud sound
Over sensitivity to sound
Low frequency hearing loss
Migraine and headache
There are surgical procedures which may fix the symptoms and effects of superior canal dehiscence syndrome. However, hearing loss may result following such surgery.
Illinois Cannabis for treatment of SCDS
There are several symptoms of superior canal dehiscence syndrome which may be addressed and treated through use of medical marijuana. Most notably, nausea caused by vertigo and dizziness associated with SCDS can be effectively treated with cannabis. Illinois dispensary providers are able to recommend strains of medical marijuana which may prove helpful in those instances or bouts of nausea.
Migraines and headaches are also known to be treatable through marijuana use, for some sufferers. Vertigo caused by the syndrome could possibly improve with cannabis use. Doctors in California are reporting great results with cannabis use in treatment of a similar disorder of the inner ear called Meniere’s Disease. Indications there are that tinnitus and visual sensitivity of oscillopsia are often helped through use of medical marijuana.
Modern physicians are more open than ever before to exploration of treatment properties of medical marijuana. Illinois marijuana users can work with their own physicians to determine whether symptoms of superior canal dehiscence syndrome are treated effectively through use of smoked, vaporized, ingested or liquid forms of medical cannabis. As superior canal dehiscence syndrome was only discovered in 1998 at Johns Hopkins University, forms of potential relief are being widely explored and medical marijuana may help with both direct symptoms of the syndrome and resulting effects of other treatments.