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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.
Hello all, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your group.I am just learning about CM and I would like to know more. I am still waiting to see the surgeon but my neurologist said I would have to have surgery. I have had a constant migraine for…Continue
Hi, Jessica is 17 yo. 2 weeks post op... Cranio and laminectomy. She has been so sad and crying at the drop of a hat and does not know why. She wants to eat ravenously... Advise or consolation for her anyone? Thanks. Natalie. Jbs momma.
I have been having sharp pains in my back between my shoulder blades and the pain shoots down my arm at the same time and my arm feels num too. Does anybody else have this issue? And does this sound like a chiari symptom?
Hi I'm Laura 36 from Scotland. I have only very recently been diagnosed with Chiari 1 I'm a bit confused by it all.I had a sudden seizure and was taken to hospital was observed and was to return as an outpatient for further investigations. After 4…Continue
Do you remember when you first found your Ben's Friends' Chiari community and the immediate welcoming connection you felt? You know then just how important it is to continue welcoming new members to the community.We're looking for special volunteers…Continue
I'm just wondering what other tests people have had due the medical community not believing our symptoms are related to Chiari.Like the 2 neurologists and one of the neurosurgeons I've seen just want to treat me for migraines and I had one…Continue
So I know my chiari is only 5mm and my Dr seems baffled with all mySymptoms. At what point do they decide to do something. I now have constant ringing in my ears, which is annoying but nothing compared to the fatigue, pain in my feet and these…Continue
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