I was just diagnosed a week ago with Chiari I. I've had lyme disease for many years, and headaches are nothing new to me. My neck pain and headaches at the back of my head have been much worse recently after a water park ride with my son.
My doctor ordered an MRI, and it showed 4mm Chairi I. I work full time and function well (for now); I am grateful for this, but it doesn't seem to be the norm. The few people that I know of who were diagnosed with Chiari have all had surgery. Are there any who haven't? Is it possible to avoid surgery?
I've done so much research, but I'm overwhelmed! Does this get progressively worse or can it get better? How can I manage the neck pain and headaches? No OTC meds seem to help.
I appreciate any guidance!