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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 all! My names Sarah. I'm 20 years old. I was diagnosed two years ago. Five years prior I complained to my parents of headaches and neck pain all the time. My doctor said I had a lot of muscle tension so she sent me to a chiropractor and physical…Continue
Hi-I am new here and I have cervical stenosis--similar problems to chiari. Just saw Dr heffez again after seeing him for first time in 99...been putting off a laminectomy/fusion all these years but getting closer to going for it.One of the reasons…Continue
I just saw a chiropractor Neurologist today and had probably had the most thorough examinations ever!! He seems to have some good ideas and plans for me to receive some relief. Has anyone else been to one and had some good results?Continue
Hi everyone! I have been experiencing what I think are some new symptoms, but I'm not real sure. The last two days my vertigo has been pretty constant. Everything feels "spinny". Everything has been feeling kind of surreal, and I feel detached…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
My name is Jennifer. I'm 30 years old and about 10 years ago my mother was diagnosed with chiari malformation. She had the surgery and is doing good now. A couple of months ago I began having headaches ( more severe and frequent than before). Well…Continue
Hey Everyone-Decompression/C-1 Laminectomy on 2/19-I have a palm-sized lump of CSF to the right of my scar. It developed as a Quarter-sized lump overnight on 3/19. Painful to put pressure on it. I was seen by my neurosurgeon on 3/25--was told the…Continue
Hey,I am looking for advice from others that have been through an experience similar to my son's. He had a craniotomy with a patch. He later had 2 more procedures from complications from the patch leaking. After that he developed bacterial…Continue
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It's taken months. The VA has finally approved me to see a Chiari specialist in Tulsa, Dr. Clifton Baird. Though, it was a battle. They seem to think that I should continue with occipital injections that do not work…Continue
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