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What is Chiari Malformation?

Arnold–Chiari Malformation, or often simply known as Chiari Malformation, is a malformation of the brain. Chiari malformation consists of a downward displacement of the cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum (the opening at the base of the skull), sometimes causing non-communicating hydrocephalus as a result of obstruction of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) outflow. The cerebrospinal fluid outflow is caused by phase difference in outflow and influx of blood in the vasculature of the brain. Person with Chiari Malformation often experienced headaches, fatigue, muscle weakness in the head and face, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, nausea, impaired coordination, and, in severe cases, paralysis.

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Sleep Apnea

Started by Karen in Symptoms and Medical Treatments. Last reply by Bulbous 1 hour ago. 14 Replies

Fellow Chiari family. I have a CPAP machine for sleep apnea. I just found out I have central sleep apnea as well. This is common in people who take pain meds and people who have neurological disorders involving the brain. Your brain doesn't tell…Continue

two faces of chiari

Started by tazzy in General 1 hour ago. 0 Replies

hello everyone. wanted to tell you all about a very cool project on a facebook page "the two faces of chiari" you can see the two faces most of us have

Medications

Started by Amber Haysley in Symptoms and Medical Treatments. Last reply by Maru 1 hour ago. 5 Replies

What kind of med's helped with the neck and head pain/pressure? My doctor keeps giving me script after script of seizure med's for migraines and pain med's nothing seems to help... Any suggestions? I dont have a neurologist appointment til July!Continue

Son, 11, just diagnosed....

Started by Irishmom3 in General. Last reply by Darla Boo Thomas 2 hours ago. 3 Replies

Thanks so much. My 11 year old just got this diagnosis yesterday afternoon. So I am going to be calling a Pediatric Neurologist and neurosurgeon today.I truly believe God and my guardian angel were guiding me in finding this diagnosis for my…Continue

Skull to C2 fusion plus decompression

Started by mjm75007 in Symptoms and Medical Treatments. Last reply by Heather 2 hours ago. 4 Replies

Hi there,My 9 yo son had decompression and skull-to-C2 fusion on Feb 13. Recovery has gone pretty well, but his neck range of motion is very limited. We had our follow up yesterday and saw both surgeons. The one who did decompression was very…Continue

SURGERY

Started by dolphinlove123 in Symptoms and Medical Treatments. Last reply by Heather 2 hours ago. 9 Replies

 JUST WANT TO KNOW HOW LONG IS CM SURGERY  AND HOW MANY DAYS YOU STAY IN ICUContinue

Can't find document: Chiari Related Conditions and How to Get Diagnosed

Started by mizfeldy in General. Last reply by mizfeldy 2 hours ago. 5 Replies

Hi all,I am looking for a document or web page I believe I saw on this site. It was called "Chiari Related Conditions and How to Get Diagnosed" or something like that. I bookmarked it but the link appears to be broken.Does anyone have…Continue

VA ratings for Chiari

Started by IMD in General 3 hours ago. 0 Replies

Has anyone been rated by the VA for chiari? I am being medical retired and was hoping someone can shed some light on there experiance claiming chiari as a disability with the VA.Thank you.Continue

Latest Activity

Prettysmartgal commented on lareel961's blog post Chairi and B12 deficiency. Anyone had any connection between the two?
"You'll probably find that Vit A dips low as well - there was another that was pretty much…"
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Bulbous replied to Karen's discussion Sleep Apnea
"Yup. After my decompression I had many sleepless nights because I just couldn't breathe.…"
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two faces of chiari

hello everyone. wanted to tell you all about a very cool project on a facebook page "the two faces…See More
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DLM commented on lareel961's blog post Chairi and B12 deficiency. Anyone had any connection between the two?
"I had a bunch of Labs run Vitamin B 12, D, Magnesium , my Thyroid is working right and I…"
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"Ah, mothers in law. They wrote the book on judgmental. Hang in there, Jen. Here is a joke for…"
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Maru replied to Amber Haysley's discussion Medications
"I take Gabapentin and started taking also Zonisamide, as my headaches haven't been under…"
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Wasted hospital trip

I spent 3 nights in the hospital for nothing. Doctor put me on Depacon while I was in, which didn't…See More
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Blog Posts

so tried of my mother n law calling me lazy only if she understood how i feel and how weak i am but im keeping my head up high and moven along today feel alot of presure and neck  hurts just want to …

Posted by jen on March 6, 2015 at 10:16am 1 Comment

so tried of my mother n law calling me lazy only if she understood how i feel and how weak i am but im keeping my head up high and moven along today feel alot of presure and neck  hurts just want to lay in bed

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Wasted hospital trip

Posted by Rese Hull on March 6, 2015 at 10:15am 1 Comment

I spent 3 nights in the hospital for nothing. Doctor put me on Depacon while I was in, which didn't work. So he added Inderal to it. Which also doesn't seem to have any effect. So, I was sent home with prescriptions for both along with  a script…

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