Hello. I was diagnosed with a complex chiari about 2 years ago. My neurosurgeon said I was a good candidate for surgery( decmpression followed by cervical/skull fusion). However, I have chosen for now not to undergo these surgeries.
One thing I have learned about myself in these last 2 years is that my body has retained the heavy metal, gadolinium, which is in the MRI contrast or “dye” that is sometimes administered with MRI’s. We are told this contrast leaves our bodies within 24-48 hours of receiving the contrast. However, with my last MRI with contrast 2 years ago, I took a urine test that tested for various heavy metals including gadolinium (this test was performed 2 months after the MRI) and I found I was still excreting this contrast.
This urine test only indicates that you are excreting the heavy metal but does not tell you how much gadolinium is still retained in the tissues of your body.
This heavy metal can cause a whole host of problems…neurological symptoms, vibrations and electrical shocks within the body, head pressure, lack of concentration/brain fog, anxiety, feeling of impending doom, pain in bones and joints, endocrine disruption, skin problems, muscle fasiculations/twitches, etc… I was really amazed to find that others who have had this contrast and went in for MRI’s for different reasons share a lot of symptoms as chiari.
I am wondering if our symptoms are aggravated by this heavy metal?
I found a link that gives more information about the contrast if you are interested in learning more.
Wishing you all the best with your struggles.