Cogan Syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by recurrent inflammation of the eye and sometimes fever, fatigue, and weight loss, episodes of dizziness, and hearing loss.
*HI, I HAVE NOT AS YET BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH COGANS BUT I HAVE HAD MENIERER'S FOR17 YEARS NOW AND HAVE LOST MY HEARING IN MY LEFT EAR AND MOST IN MY RIGHT. I HAVE NOW HAD A BONE ANCHORED HEARING AID FITTED RECENTLY AND HOPE THAT THIS WORKS FOR ME. JUST BEFORE MY MENIERER'S WAS DIAGNOSED MY SIGHT STARTED TO GO AS WELL, I EXPERIENCED SEERING HOT PAIN IN MY EYE AND IT LASTED FOR WEEKS AT A TIME AND NOTHING SEEMED TO STOP THIS CONTINUAL PAIN. I HAVE FOR THE PAST 6 YEARS BEEN TELLING THE MEDICAL PROFESSION THAT I FELT THAT THE TWO THINGS WERE RELATED AND THEY DISMISSED IT WITHOUT ANOTHER THOUGHT; AND NOW I HAVE DONE SO MUCH RESEARCH ON COGANS I AM CONVINCED THAT THIS IS THE CAUSE OF MY SIGHT LOSS AND HAVE MENTIONED IT TO VARIOUS CONSULTANTS AND MY OWN GP AND THEY FEEL THAT I HAVE THE RIGHT ANSWER WHICH MOST ADMIT THEY HADNT THOUGHT ABOUT THE TWO THINGS BEING RELATED. IT WILL BE GOOD FOR A DIAGNOSIS. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IS THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN DIANOSED WHAT SORT OF TESTS DO YOU HAVE TO SATISFY THE DOCTORS THAT IT IS COGANS. I HOPE THAT THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WILL ANSWER THIS FOR ME.
After 9 years with a Meniere's Disease diagnosis, now I have been introduced to Cogan's Syndrome as a possible change of diagnosis. The inner ear symptoms of Meniere's and Cogan's apparently are the same. I have total hearing loss both ears since 2005, and an unsuccessful cochlear implant due to fibrous scar tissue in the cochlea (preventing total insertion of the electrode array). Now I have had a "stroke" in my right eye, damaging the optic nerve with accompanying vision loss. My blood work shows that I have inflammation elsewhere in my body, but rather than biopsy every organ, including my brain, I am starting on Cellcept (along with prednisone) as an immune suppresant. I am trying to preserve the rest of my vision and prevent future strokes. However the tradeoff of long-term immunity suppression is difficult to manage. I go once a month for tests to determine organ damage, cancer or other complications. I am looking for other people with experience in this process. Anybody out there?
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