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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.
Hi everyone! I was diagnosed with a chiari malformation and pseudotumor cerebri in October of 2015. I'm on medication for the pseudotumor and it has worked as far as my swollen optic nerves. I'm being treated by neuro opthamologist and a…Continue
Hello all,My Chiari came on suddenly at the age of 26. It would be another 26 yrs and many doctors later before I was diagnosed and had surgery. I would say that for some 11 yrs the surgery was 90% successful! Thank God and a skillful surgeon!I have…Continue
I am scheduled for my second decompression on July 9th. This is due to brain slumping. Has anyone else had or is having this problem. I was not aware my brain could move after the initial surgery.
Hello everyone, I want to first thank everyone for sharing all there stories, and information. I reached out for some support, and found this forum and new it was a place folks could help me on my journey. I was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos…Continue
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