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Chiari malformation, is usually present at birth and occurs at the back of the head where the brain and spinal cord connect.
There are four types of Chiari malformations:
Children with Chiari I malformations may start to have symptoms as early as age 2 or 3. Some don't have any symptoms until they are older. Symptoms can appear any time. They may start or get worse after a trauma, physical effort or straining, such as exercising, coughing or sneezing.
Syringomyelia, common with Chiari, is a cyst in the center of the spinal cord that is filled with fluid. The cyst, also called a syrinx, can get larger and longer over time, putting pressure on the spinal cord and causing symptoms. If not treated, it may also eventually cause nerve damage.
Read more here about living and coping with CM.
Took everyones advice and got my regular dr to put me on medical leave from work until I could see the neurosurgeon. I finally had the decompression surgery and its been twelve days. Im up and about now just having some balance issues and headaches.…Continue
I am engaged to a wonderful woman who has Chiari Malformation Type 3. She is post decompression surgery, but is still afflicted with unpredictable and debilitating headaches. It is better than it was, but it still is a major factor in her life, and…Continue
Hello everyone! I am 39 and just found out 4 days ago that I have CM1. I have had headaches/ migraines since I was very young that have gotten worse over the years. Over 3 years ago I had to quit a job that I really enjoyed because of a constant…Continue
Hello Everyone,My 18 almost 19 year old daugther is having decompression surgery on 04/30/15 at Duke Hospital in Durham, NC. We have spent the last 2 1/2 years going from one specialist to another before finally getting a correct diganosis (we had a…Continue
We know of a number of members who will be having surgeries soon-dolphinlove123tes3jenTiffanywonderwoman1006Kayla C.Please join us in wishing them peace of mind, success and speedy recovery!Your Mod TeamContinue
Hi everyone, I'm new to this group, I was diagnosed with chiari malformation 1 in May this year. I was wondering if anyone else has had the same symptoms as I have.In May this year after a wonderful 16 night cruise with my sister( we left our…Continue
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