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After 6 years finally got the diagnosis by accident, which seems to be common with Chiari. Symptoms come, symptoms go, and then new ones come, which also seems common with Chiari now that I've done a good bit of research. Luckily there is a good surgeon near me who is familiar with Chiari and his recommendation is surgery but he said that I'm not at a point that alarms him to operate ASAP therefore he pretty much said that it's up to me. I had horrible migraines in the past, dizzy spells, fainted once and went blind for a few seconds, cold tingling/numb hands and feet. Those symptoms have gone away for the most part, I still get pressure rushes to my head if I bend over, numbness in fingers and toes here and there but now I have periods where I walk hunchback for a few days then it gets better or my neck hurts and it feels like I have a set of twins riding on my shoulders all day, then it goes away for a week or two and comes back again. The fatigue is horrible, and I have other symptoms that come and go but I have my good and bad days. So basically I'm struggling with weighing out the pros vs the cons of surgery and if I should or should not do it. The doctor did say because mine is moderate and not severe that he would be removing bone only which is less invasive. I guess my main concern is if I feel decent 50% of the time and crappy the other 50% and it's not something that is altering my life such as my job, me being able to do for my child and husband, etc, is it worth taking the risk and going for the surgery? And if I chose to wait, will this get progressively worse? I definitely don't want to do this later in life when I am older. I am 36 now and have had several surgeries that I have recovered very well from so I am wondering if I should just bite the bullet now while I am still young. I am so confused. Any suggestions, thoughts, experiences are greatly appreciated. Has anyone ever experienced symptoms go away for good or am I pretty much destined for this to get worse later in life if I don't do something about it? Thanks you guys!!
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