2 years after Chiari Decompression surgery this started happening


Pain started gradually in Nov 1st in thigh and pelvic area

Watery eyes stuffy nose and watery mouth all day


Blurry vision

Numb face and whole body

Shin and forearm cramping

Dragging feet to walk

Horrible cramping and clenching with feet and fingers

Rapid heartbeat

I’m so weak

Feel like I’m starting to become paralyzed


Horrible headaches

Loss of appetite and weight

Pain in Pelvic area that is where it started when all these symptoms started

Whole body is tender, I have to normally cut the elastic in my socks

Numb throat and tongue

So fatigued that I can’t get dressed at times,

These symptoms where going a few times a day, now it’s constant for the last 2 days, with little relief.

Loss of words and mixing them up

Hands and feet getting sweaty and itchy at the same time

Swelled feet

Fluttering diaphragm

Bouts of anger

This all hits me at once when these attacks come on
Is anyone else going through this?

I am not a doctor and can speak only on my experience. I developed hydrocephalus after my first decompression. I had some of the symptoms you mentioned. I would suggest that you see your doctor. I am sorry I couldn’t help more! Maybe someone else will give you more information!

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Thank you so much and I’m so sorry to hear that you have gone through basically the same symptoms as me. I have an MRI scheduled in 10 days and an EEG awake/sleep test on Jan 28th. I’ve been to so many doctors and my bloodwork comes back perfect each time. My 2 neurologists do not think my symptoms are Chiari related. But your right, something is going on, and hopefully my EEG and MRI will give some answers. I’ll keep you guys posted.

Hey Suzzanne,
Firstly, Welcome to Ben’s Friends.
I too am a neuro patient (with very little patience :grin:) I tend to get bouts of symptoms fairly much on a daily basis. My symptoms tend to fluctuate massively from one day to the next. My wife has hit the ‘Panic Button’ a few times, taking me to hospital, only for them to send me home with painkillers tsk. I now look for a progression of symptoms. For me, a headache, that’s normal. But if that progresses to numbness that’s a bit more concern. If that progresses further to nausea/vomiting it’s time to act. These are my signs and over time (years) I’ve learnt what is ‘Normal’(as if any of it’s normal) and what is an ‘Act NOW’ situation. You too will learn your signs.

I’m in Australia and here we have GP’s or general practitioners (Basically the same as your PCP), then we have physicians, then we have specialists, then specialist surgeons. The GP’s are usually fairly good at your normal everyday medical needs. If they know which specialist maybe appropriate they often will make referrals direct to the specialist and miss the physician altogether. The physicians role is as an investigator in more complex matters, such as your own. They can order test, scans and reports and collate all of the relevant information, examining the whole ‘You’ rather than individual concerns. Reading through your list of symptoms, each one could have it’s own individual diagnosis. For example you say to you PCP ‘There’s something wrong with my eyes…’ so he sends you to an optician OR ‘I’m having a rapid heartbeat…’ so he sends you to a cardiologist and both things are looked at in isolation rather than as a part of a whole list of symptoms.
The other good thing about a physician is that they can talk to specialists on the same level. Sometimes our information can be interpreted as hearsay. But if that same information is from Dr to Dr it’s often accepted more readily. I’ve lost count of how many of ‘Those looks’ from medicos I’ve received when I’ve tried to explain some of the weird symptoms. Often physicians have their own network of specialist they use, so that dr to dr rapport is already there and established. This can help in the transfer of information. Some specialist can be a little protective of their specialisation ie ‘I’ve made a diagnosis and my diagnosis is CORRECT!!!’ Having a physician between the patient and the specialist can insulate us somewhat. From my experiences specialists DO NOT like being questioned by patients (They can get rather anti about it to be honest :open_mouth: ).

I’d recommend you get yourself a physician or a medical advocate at the very least. I too was told my ongoing symptoms weren’t related… …until they were. The dr came out with the line ‘Ohh look what we found…’ as if it was all something new. I’d been telling them there was an issue. The attitude was ‘We operated, we fixed’ and yes they had fixed one issue, but the fix unearthed another.

Please don’t give up. If you know something is wrong, then what is it? Follow it up. It can be a long hard journey but remember you know ‘You’ better than any medico.

Merl from the Modsupport Team

Thank you so much for explaining all that in such great detail. It makes so much sense. I do have a primary doctor I have been seeing in between, I have had ekgs done on my heart. And I do have an appt also with an optometrist for my eyes; it’s like so odd. I’ll feel perfectly fine and well, then hours later ‘y vision gets blurry I get pressure on my forehead. I go into a brain fog and my balance is off and I’m constantly dropping things. Your right, I need patience. And your also right about how surgeons don’t like to answer questions. Lol I have dealt with 2 different ones basically asking me why I’m even in their office. I just figured since my symptoms are the same as they were before my Chiari surgery, 2 years later they are back . But the surgeons tell me the surgery worked. And it’s back to square 1. I read these forums and see others out there like me. It’s hard feeling this way everyday when the doctors keep saying I’m fine. But we know our own bodies and know something is wrong. Maybe it’s not Chiari. It could be something else and that’s what scares me so bad.

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My EEG RESULTS ARE IN!! They are normal. Just now waiting on my BRAIN/spine/neck and cine flow study mri results. I’ll keep u posted!

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