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I Am a Chiari Malformation Survivor

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 78 People

    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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