Welcome fellow Chiarians and those who love us!
I had my 1st MRI in 2004 after a few years of strange and progressing symptoms. My radiology report noted "low lying cerebellar tonsils of unknown significance". After the neurologist assured me that my MRI was normal, I started researching the "cerebellar tonsis" and found Chiari on the internet. In March of 2007 I went to a different neurologist for a 2nd opinion and after a CINE MRI I was finally oficially diagnosed with Chiari. After a 3rd opinion at a different hospital, I elected to have decompression surgery and did so in September of 2007. For many Chiarians surgery is not a cure, but it does reduce the possibility of developing other serious neurological problems. My decompression surgery did improve many of my symptoms and I would definately do it again, but I still live with chronic headaches and fatigue. I am working on a website to compile all the information I have learned along my journey, and I will post a link to that site when it is ready. I recomend www.conquerchiari.org and www.chiarione.org to anyone who is interested in learning about Chiari. Thank you for visiting, and I hope you have a pain-free day!