Anonymous 

Review for 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
  • difficulty swallowing Sometimes
  • dizziness Not at all
  • Numbness and tingling Often
  • bladder and bowel dysfunction Yes

Treatment Ratings

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

I choose to say I am cured because I no longer radiologically have a chiari malformation. My cerebellar tonsils were cauterized and removed. I do still struggle with the effects of EDS. I am pleased with my surgery. I had no complications with either tethered cord surgery or with chiari decompression/craniocervical fusion. I would do the surgeries over again!


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