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I Am a Chiari Malformation Survivor

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 78 People

    My Story.

    My name is Kara. I am 16 years old and I survived Chiari. I have been faced with drop-to-your-knees-screeming headaches all of my life. Ever since I was little I have been scared to laugh. Everytime I would do so, I would get in instint pain in the back of my neck. It wasn't...
    KaraLeigh KaraLeigh 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 22, 2012

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    Tired Of Not Feeling Well And Scared

    I was diagnosed with CM1 in march 2011..I didn't have any symptoms at first..just the occasional headache here and there. I had just had a baby 8 months prior and was enjoying life. In november of 2011..I stood up and stretched and when I did I heard something pop and I had a...
    desmal77 desmal77 31-35 1 Response Feb 21, 2012

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    Just A Quick

    It's really not my story, it's my son. He's 2 years old and has a type 3 CM. Not alot is know about his type...everywhere i look, I'm lucky if I can find a paragraph about it. I either get that it's not compatiable with life or life expectancy is extremely short...I'm looking for...
    joshlovesjamie joshlovesjamie 31-35 1 Response Feb 4, 2011

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    Symptoms Coming Back And Really Nervous!

    Hello everyone! Brand new to this group! I was originally diagnosed with Chiari Malformation type 1 w/ syringomyelia in May 2006. I went for 2 years seeing Neuro who just let me suffer through the pain. Finally after having enough and weakness in my extremities getting worse i...
    blueraejay blueraejay 26-30 2 Responses Apr 11, 2011

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    Chiari Will Live With Me All My Life, Painful As It Is, But It Will Not Beat Me. For My Facebook Page

    I'm a 42 years old Hispanic Woman and was a career orientated working woman for 14 years serving the community in the social services and job placements. Furthermore, I was a part-time college student practically those 14 years to earned a bachelor degree. I'm also a mother of a...
    Losiram Losiram 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 21, 2013

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    Chiari Will Be With Me All My Life, Painful As It Is, But It Will Not Beat Me!

    I'm a 42 years old Hispanic Woman and was a career orientated working woman for 14 years serving the community in the social services and job placements. Furthermore, I was a part-time college student practically those 14 years to earned a bachelor degree. I'm also a mother of a...
    Losiram Losiram 41-45, F Mar 16, 2013

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    I was first diagnosed with chiari at a very

    young age. my sister, brother and I was the first family to all three have it. it was first discovered by my sister going to the eye doctor and they noticed something abnormal, so sent her to a specialist and did a MRI and come to find out she was diagnosed with chiari, so as a...
    jennysimmons jennysimmons 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 23, 2014

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    My Mom Has Chiari

    I know the name of this group, but I feel the need to share my experiance with my mom having chiari malformation. Now this might be a little long, but this did last a few years.This was during my 7th grade year the day she got diagnosed. It was a Friday (May 16th, 2008) and I...
    Ghost218 Ghost218 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 9, 2011

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    No Where to Turn

    I was recently diagnosised with Chiari Malformation on June 4th, 2009.  I was told I needed the decompression surgery immediately as my symptoms were posibily showing some nerve damage.  So I had the surgery on July 2, 2009. I was so scared and asked so many...
    RayOfHope09 RayOfHope09 31-35, F 6 Responses Aug 31, 2009

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    Please Help! Is This Normal??

      Hi there,   I have just had the operation done, I live in Sa  and I’m 24 years old. I was told that the Chiari type I have is most common in babies and that it was type 2. How it started out was I and had really bad headaches all my life, they started...
    reggier reggier 22-25 3 Responses Aug 3, 2009

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    12 And Diagnosed....

    Hi I'm Natalie, and I was diagnosed with chiari malformation.i used to bein gymnastics but I always had to get picked up cause I would always throw up and get massive headaches. My mom said it was my fault and that I was wasting her money , and I know that gymnastic is a lot of...
    Ncc98 Ncc98 13-15 2 Responses Apr 25, 2012

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    I was diagnosed to have ACM last July 2011.

    Immediately surgery was done (July 19,2011) due to severe symptoms like lose of balance,ringing in the ear,slurred speech,double vision etc. In 3 years I feel very much healthy except that I still use my cane. But now the same symptoms are recurring again.I had my EMG last month...
    lydzcuevas lydzcuevas 61-65, F 1 Response Dec 17, 2014

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    Chiari Malformation And Syringomyelia Help

    I was just diagnosed on 1/18/2013 with chiari and syringomyelia. I have a lot of common symptoms. I have since childhood but always was told it was in my head. im in the process of seeing a chiari specialist but untill then i have a few questions i was hoping some one might be...
    1 Response Jan 23, 2013

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    My Chiari Story:)

    I had been sick for a very long time:( Until Dr. Barnes found my Chiari:) I found out June of 2009 that I had Chiari Malformation:( With in two weeks I was having the decompression surgery. I was told that I was at 23mm. I had began chocking during the night. My headaches were so...
    mrsallanwstill mrsallanwstill 41-45, F 4 Responses Jul 16, 2010

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    My Story

    My name is Kori and i first found out that i have Chiari Malformation when i was in 9th grade. But before i found out i started having really debilitating headaches that made one side of my body go numb, uncontrolable eye movements from side to side. I also started throwin up all...
    KoriAdairSmith KoriAdairSmith 18-21 Oct 27, 2010

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    Charity's Chiari Story

    I am a 34 mother of 3 and my most recent dignoses as of March 2009 is a Chiari Malformation. ( I was diagnoses in 2002 with syringomyelia c5-L1 it has now extended to my c3, and in 2007 with basilar invagination, they are currently questioning wether I have a tethered cord as...
    sweetcharity74 sweetcharity74 31-35 1 Response May 21, 2009

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    My Story

    In October 2009 I started  getting really bad headaches, at first I just thought it was from field hockey but as the days and weeks went on the headaches started getting worse and worse sometimes I would just fall to my knees it would hurt so bad.  After about a month...
    heleneeee heleneeee 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 25, 2010

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    Life: An Uphill Battle.

    My heart goes out to everyone living in pain. i've been facing uncontrolable pain for almost seven years and every day it just gets worse. i had a decompression surgery for my type I chiari 13months ago, two months into my senior year of high school. it helped with some of my...
    krissykhaos krissykhaos 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 4, 2012

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    Chiari Malformation Support Group

    I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation in 2006. I was 42 and I had noticed some changes in my body that scared me. My coordination was off, I would get dizzy and lose my balance, I would have pain and the feeling of almost paasing out when I coughed, I could not...
    betterhalf65 betterhalf65 41-45 3 Responses Nov 5, 2008

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    Chiari Malformation And Syringomyelia Help

    I was just diagnosed on 1/18/2013 with chiari and syringomyelia. I have a lot of common symptoms. I have since childhood but always was told it was in my head. im in the process of seeing a chiari specialist but untill then i have a few questions i was hoping some one might be...
    1 Response Jan 23, 2013

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    Beating Chiari Malformation

    I had this life changing experience 3 years ago ago when I was diagnosed with a Chari Malformation, a malformation of the brain's cerebellar, which hindered my cerebrospinal fluid flow. I was pulled out of volleyball and had to undergo surgery. I knew that I was going to endure...
    jessicammart jessicammart 18-21, F Sep 7, 2013

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    I Have A Type I Chiari And I Refuse To Give Up Hope

    Hii, my name is Taylor and I was diagnosed with a type I chiari and a tethered spinal cord in October of 2012. All my life I have had trouble with my balance, my bowels, my bladder, swallowing, my vision, losing feeling to my hands and feet, fatigue, vertigo, complete loss of...
    taylorshimp taylorshimp 18-21 3 Responses Jan 16, 2013

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    Chiari Malformation Sufferers Needed For Newspaper Story

    Hi there, I'm a features writer for the national newspapers and women's magazines in the UK. I'm looking to do a story with someone who suffers from Chiari Malformation to raise awareness of the condition and how it affects the individual. It would be sensitively written and a...
    FayeCaters FayeCaters 22-25 1 Response Nov 6, 2013

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    Chiari Survivor

    I guess my story is very different from most people. I had headaches since I was a kid, exertional headaches that would drop me to my knees. I enlisted in the Marine Corps at seventeen and by 18-19 I had severe right shoulder pain that would come and go, mostly after raising my...
    Mikenstein Mikenstein 36-40, M 4 Responses Apr 17, 2009

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    Having A Bad Day

    Daaaammmmm it was just talking with the flatmates about bungy jumpping and sky diving and all of these fun things i cant do...GGGRRRRRRR Far out i hate chiar malformation... Im post decompression, just over a year and take pain killers most days. What is the long term effects...
    jon224 jon224 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 17, 2012

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    How I Stay Strong With Chiari Malformation

    Hello, I'm Mari and I'm a 42 years old Hispanic women living with CM. How I found out about my disorder. I guess I always known. I just couldn't identify it and I think I had a high tolerance for pain. I remember as a child my mother taking me to the emergency room for many ear...
    Losiram Losiram 41-45, F Mar 16, 2013

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    New and Scared

    Hi my name is Antoinette and I am very new at this and quite scared about all that has happened so fast. February 9, 2009 changed my life forever, as this was the day I was diagnosed with chiarimalformation with a syrinx.  I was seeing an orthopedic specialist for...
    colorpurpleilove colorpurpleilove 46-50, F 5 Responses Apr 20, 2009

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    Two Years Post Op

    For as long as I can remember, I've had headaches and "dizziness".  I do recall going to the doctor when I was about 9 or 10 and being told to write on a calendar each time I had a headache.  Other than that, I guess I just thought that the headaches and dizziness...
    tcessna tcessna 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 11, 2010

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    Related Experiences

    Is it possible for Chiari Malformation type 1 to get worse after three years of being told that it was getting better. I hit the back of my head on a board I didn't see when I was...
    odessa94 odessa94 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I really want to vent. I guess I’m having one of those nights where most things make me angry. I’m angry in a really personal and selfish way so it’s difficult to share. I...
    CoopSmith CoopSmith 26-30, M 1 Response 13 hrs ago

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    I wrote this on someone's page earlier because of how mad I got from what they posted. A victim is not just the one who died. Many victims live. Their fight to survive is a daily...
    neverendingfairytale2 neverendingfairytale2 36-40, F May 3

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    Men can be raped too and there are fewer resources for men survivors. If you are one of those men, know that the rape is not your fault. Never is rape your fault no matter what...
    TheBlessedOne TheBlessedOne 51-55, F 5 days ago

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    I'm two time breast cancer survivor (06 & 2013). I'm on every 6 month follow up scans and labs, had my most recent last month and everything is good. Having my follow ups always...
    jgeorge68 jgeorge68 46-50, F 4 Responses May 5

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    so what gets to me the most about what happened to me is the fact that even though I reported the rape to the police but he paid them off... is that I know there must be more well...
    JessiAimee JessiAimee 22-25, F 1 Response May 9

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    Hi All, I'm a student working on a project to help burn survivors in developing countries. In the developing world, burns are just as common as they are here, but few people get...
    lifeRAFT lifeRAFT 26-30, F May 13

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    I honestly don't know how I could be a survivor. I don't feel safe he's not in jail he knows where I work it scars me it only happen 4 days ago I have called the cops they won't do...
    madisonhenson13 madisonhenson13 18-21, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    I am a cancer survivor. I was born with a brain cancer located in my carabelum called medualblaastoma . At three months old I had seven and a half month chemotherapy and 3...
    crazyram45 crazyram45 22-25, M 4 days ago

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    I'm 25 and I've been abused for almost my whole life and I usually don't talk about it but I think it's time to spill it all out.. I'm a pretty strong person and have overcome a...
    courtney25 courtney25 22-25, F 4 days ago

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    I'm still not certain about being a survivor. Mom was 15 when I was born, and I was 5 when she and her new boyfriend were murdered. They were both bound and forced to watch her...
    scarred4lifeby5 scarred4lifeby5 61-65, M 2 days ago

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    There's so many reasons why I feel so guilty and disgusted by it. I've talked about so many of those factors, but not the two biggest ones. I don't think I'll ever talk about one...
    betruetoyourself14 betruetoyourself14 13-15, F 2 Responses May 3

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    In my previous post a while ago I wrote about my experience of sexual assault. I thought I was getting better when I realized I could kiss my boyfriend again without feeling...
    qwernia qwernia 18-21, F 1 Response May 3

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    Every time I wanted things, I was denied, I was made to think that wanting things was wrong, that wanting beyond what was given to me was greedy. Say, if I wanted attention from...
    lunightandday lunightandday 18-21, F 1 Response May 3

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    I am 14 let me start off before I was born my mom smoked drank got on roller coasters and she knew that she was pragnat she tired to she tried to have an abortion but she was too...
    Kellyfoster2000 Kellyfoster2000 13-15, F 3 Responses May 3

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    With mothers day approaching, how are you guys going to handle it? I would love to never speak to my mother again... but we all know it's not always that simple. thoughts?
    Jekkasaur Jekkasaur 22-25, F 6 Responses May 4

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