I've had 2 doctors, Dr. Frasier Henderson and Dr. Donlin Long, both in Behesda, MD say I have chiari. They both feel surgery is necessary. I have all the symptoms of chiari - sore neck, sore back, trouble swallowing, throwing up, heart beating in my head, insomnia, depression because of the above, and the list goes on. I got a third opinion and the Dr. did a cine MRI that showed my spinal fluid was flowing properly so I should not get surgery. He is giving me a series of blood patches. I have been sick ever since I had a lumbar puncture last November and not able to work. My question is - if my spinal fluid is flowing fine, does chiari surgery make sense or is there another reason for the surgery. Dr. Long said it didn't make any difference, the purpose was to untether any tethered cord I had.
Does anyone have any thoughts on this?