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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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Overdose? What is the intention?

Started by putty in General 10 minutes ago. 0 Replies

I recently had two episodes of overdosing on a drug known to you as KLONOPIN. I ended up in ICU both times with a breathing tube down my throat .I don`t really know if I was trying to kill myself,but all I know is that I wanted some relief from the…Continue

Need advice for my 13 yr old .. About neck fusion surgery.. Please !!

Started by debbay2204 in General. Last reply by jcdemar 2 hours ago. 3 Replies

Please Help.. My daughter april has had 4 major brain surgeries in the past yr due to her Chiari and now her bones in her neck are forming like a "S" , Neuro-surgeon says she is going to need neck fusion and i was wondering if anyone has ever had…Continue

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Overdose? What is the intention?

I recently had two episodes of overdosing on a drug known to you as KLONOPIN. I ended up in ICU…See More
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jcdemar replied to debbay2204's discussion Need advice for my 13 yr old .. About neck fusion surgery.. Please !!
"Deb, in my experience and reading about hundreds of others' with NSs, we are more often turned…"
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"Jenn, April has EDS and is having more tests run monday and tuesday this week to see how her bones…"
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Welcome to ChiariSupport.org. We're glad you found our Community site. The purpose of this community is for people affected by a Chiari Malformation (types I-IV) to provide each other with emotional support.  We are patients helping patients.  We also have some parents/family members of those who suffer from Chiari Malformation.

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Posted by NieNie0326 on December 19, 2014 at 2:23pm 8 Comments

In terms of my current bout of illness, I think I am improving. My headaches have lessened from an 8+/10 to a 7+/10 daily.. I do have a few days where my headache is a 6 but then it comes back with a vengeance and I'm on my butt for a few days…


Hope all is going well Salas and family !

Posted by ricki Lynn on December 19, 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

I know your not on here Salas and his great supportive wife my prayers and thoughts are with both of yous at this very moment !  I hope everything went smooth and as  painless as possible. I have  been praying and I know god is with yous . Please…


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