My name is Ashley and I am new to this site but not new to Chiari. I was diagnosed on March 29, 2016 with Chiari Malformation I, 12 mm long.
I’ve been to 5 neurosurgeons this year and finally decided on a surgeon and a date. I’m concerned about having surgery but I know its necessary because every surgeon says my Chiari is severe with limited brain flow.
I am really worried about how to handle the pain level and my nerves before surgery and afterwards. Does anyone have advice on pre-op and post-op? Especially when I am terrified of needles and hospitals!
Thanks for listening,