Our readers living with Superficial siderosis should be aware that living your best life means you need to look beyond simply treating the symptoms. Both your physical and mental health will benefit. By moving towards a healthier diet, exercising to… Read More... "Wellbeing Therapy"
Finding Your Needle Leak in the Haystack While a traditional MRI may show the location of a pseudomeningocele, a Dynamic CT myelogram remains the suggested method to locate a suspected active bleed site or a dural defect in cases of… Read More... "Is Digital Subtraction Myelography the Answer?"
The Cochlear Implant Question It’s back to London once again, this time for a full day of tests to see if I’m a suitable candidate to receive a cochlear implant, which is a device that can potentially restore some hearing… Read More... "Cochlear Implant Assessment Day"
It’s always a good idea to prepare for your appointment, so you can get all the information you need out of it. Leaving with unanswered questions can cause anxiety and can leave you chasing things up when you’ve had the… Read More... "Preparing for a Medical Appointment"
Living Your BEST LIFE with Superficial Siderosis Our readers living with Superficial siderosis should be aware that living your best life means you need to look beyond simply treating the symptoms. Both your physical and mental health will benefit. By… Read More... "Reclaiming Your Independence, A Guide to Managing Hearing Loss"
Specially written for LivingWithSS.comRollene Janelle, Guest Author Superficial siderosis (SS) is considered a rare neurodegenerative condition. The prevalence of superficial siderosis is estimated to be one in one million individuals, with an estimated 200 diagnoses in the US for 2020.… Read More... "Improving Your Fitness"
Living with superficial siderosis – the patient’s journey Infratentorial superficial siderosis (iSS) is more commonly known as superficial siderosis of the central nervous system. It is a rare but sometimes disabling neurological condition that often affects hearing, balance, and mobility.… Read More... "UCL Presents A Virtual Live Panel Event"
Is A Cochlear Implant Right For You? Hearing loss affects 95% of superficial siderosis patients. Specialized hearing aids designed to help word recognition in bilateral sensorineural hearing loss work very well for most patients in the early stages. Unfortunately, many… Read More... "The Cochlear Implant Experience"
The Neurosurgery Repair Process In this piece, I’m going to share my personal experience of when I was admitted for neurosurgery to have a pseudomeningocele repaired, which was at the back of my head. The pseudomeningocele was believed to have… Read More... "The Road To Neurosurgery"
When Neurology Has No Answers Greetings, fellow Superficial Siderosis patients; my name is Bena Travis. I’m a 62-year-old retired florist and wedding planner living in the USA’s beautiful Western Kentucky lakes area. My husband and I live on the lake,… Read More... "Just Go Home And Live With It"
Getting Out Again I was really looking forward to meeting my friends for the first time in 14 months; however, it wasn’t without a huge wave of anxiety. After all, I had only been out with them once in about… Read More... "Remembering What it is Like to Get Out"
Download Festival Prior to 2017 I was a very outgoing person and had attended Download Festival nearly every year since I had turned 20. Camping, hiking, and watching my favourite bands play was always so much fun, and I’m so… Read More... "My Last Music Festival"
Superficial Siderosis and Hydrocephalus Having superficial siderosis is one thing, but sometimes like me, it’s possible to have other disabling neurological conditions as well. In late 2001, three years after the removal of a benign brain tumour, I was diagnosed… Read More... "The Struggle Of Dual Neurological Conditions"
This has been a banner year for anxiety with the many underlying conditions Superficial Siderosis patients face daily. The lack of early information; how the Coronavirus would affect the S.S. community. These were all added stressors. We made a personal… Read More... "Facing Down Coronavirus"
I thought we were ready. Very early in March, I had a conversation with two neurologists in Italy. They had both seen patients with Superficial siderosis, so we were making a connection to share information. One of them commented we had no idea of what was heading here to the U.S. I made a mental note to do a little preparation because that’s my nature. Read More... "Living In Upside Down World"