Surgery with dural opening for Chiari Malformation

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  • Anonymous Chiari Malformation

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 160 lbs
    • 5' 7"
    • Lake Elsinore CA
    20
    Oct2017
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Do you have syringomyelia Yes
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Number of Surgeries 1
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Somewhat
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Somewhat
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting
    • Doctor/Care Giver Don�t have one at the moment
    • headaches Several times a week
    • Neck pain All the time
    • difficulty swallowing Often
    • dizziness Several times a week
    • Numbness and tingling Often
    • bladder and bowel dysfunction Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Rest, Wait and See, Surgery with dural opening
      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Supplements, Meditation, Opioids
      Worsened

    I do not like the choice of �cured� given. There is no cure, only treatments.
    I have given up on trying to find anything that takes away the pain I have. I don�t want to be stuck on medications the rest of my life and have learned to live my life in constant pain.


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  • Stacy Chiari Malformation

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 140 lbs
    • 5' 4"
    • Gladstone, MI
    18
    Sep2017
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Do you have syringomyelia No
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Number of Surgeries 1
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Quite a bit
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Quite a bit
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Distressing
    • Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Dan Heffez
    • headaches Daily
    • Neck pain All the time
    • difficulty swallowing Often
    • dizziness Daily
    • Numbness and tingling All the time
    • bladder and bowel dysfunction Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Surgery with dural opening, Surgery with tonsil cauterization,
      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Rest, Supplements
      Worsened
      Wait and See

    I still work fulltime 5hough both standing and sitting are difficult. I am waiting to be given a surgical date for Tethered Cord Release, which is a co-morbid to Chiari. Hopefully, it will end some of the other symptoms I have had for years.


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  • Jennifer Chiari Malformation

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 200 lbs
    • 5' 2"
    • Tustin CA
    18
    Sep2017
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Do you have syringomyelia No
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Number of Surgeries 4+
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Quite a bit
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? All the time
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Excruciating
    • Doctor/Care Giver Dr.Christopher Duma
    • headaches Multiple times per day
    • Neck pain All the time
    • difficulty swallowing Sometimes
    • dizziness Several times a week
    • Numbness and tingling Often
    • bladder and bowel dysfunction Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Surgery with dural opening,
      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Massage, Rest, Supplements, Opioids
      Worsened
      Wait and See

    I have had 2 posterior fossa decompression surgeries ,one with laminectomy, VP Shunt,surgery 6 shunt revision surgeries.


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  • Anonymous Chiari Malformation

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 275 lbs
    • 5' 11"
    • brookfield, wi
    04
    Sep2017
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Do you have syringomyelia Yes
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Number of Surgeries 1
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Quite a bit
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? All the time
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Distressing
    • Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Dan Heffez
    • headaches Several times a month
    • Neck pain All the time
    • difficulty swallowing Sometimes
    • dizziness Multiple times per day
    • Numbness and tingling Often
    • bladder and bowel dysfunction Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Massage, Rest
      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Surgery with dural opening, Opioids, Meditation, Surgery with tonsil cauterization,
      Not Improved
      Supplements, Wait and See

    I am a single mom to a 3 yr old, and TRY to work my full time job using FMLA weekly. I live with my parents due to needing help with my son/health. my primary doctor suggests I cut to part time or quit altogether. and file disability. i have chiari, syringomyelia, degenerative discs, 4 herniated discs, scoliosis, stenosis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. along with major depression and anxiety


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  • Maria Chiari Malformation

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 165 lbs
    • 5' 2"
    • Collinsville, IL
    04
    Sep2017
    • Injury Status In Pain
    • Do you have syringomyelia No
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Number of Surgeries 1
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Quite a bit
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Quite a bit
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Distressing
    • Doctor/Care Giver David Yablonsky
    • headaches Daily
    • Neck pain All the time
    • difficulty swallowing Sometimes
    • dizziness Daily
    • Numbness and tingling Often
    • bladder and bowel dysfunction Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Massage, Supplements, Opioids, Surgery with dural opening,
      Not Improved
      Meditation
      Worsened
      Rest, Wait and See

    If I do physical activity that raises my heart beat to a certain point, I am guaranteed a severe Chiari headache for at least 3 days. I wish I could find something to raise my activity level. Caffeine and ibuprofen are my best friends. Surgery is a better quality of life, not a cure.


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  • Anonymous Chiari Malformation

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    • 215 lbs
    • 5' 6"
    • Buffalo, NY
    04
    Sep2017
    • Injury Status Cured
    • Do you have syringomyelia No
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Number of Surgeries 2
    • How much did pain interfere with your day-to-day activities in the past week? Somewhat
    • How much did pain interfere with your enjoyment of life in the past week? Somewhat
    • What best describes your pain level on average in the past week? Discomforting
    • Doctor/Care Giver Dr. Paolo Bolognese
    • headaches Several times a month
    • Neck pain Sometimes