Welcome to Ben’s Friends Emily! It’s rare to find a fellow Ontarian on this forum (I’m from Toronto and currently attend university there).
From your profile, it seems like you’re going through alot. You need help understanding the symptoms of Chiari and just how to deal with it. Without your family nearby, you don’t have much of a support network, so it is a great thing that you joined this forum.
You will find that many patients have gone through a similar process of not knowing what is going on - the doctor says one thing and all the symptoms may point to something else. It leaves you feeling like you’re in the dark.
Please, take this opportunity to get involved in the discussion and ask any questions that you may have. The experiences that some people have gone through here may be invaluable.
Once again, welcome to Ben’s Friends Emily.