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Hi Everyone, I am just here for a bit of advice really. I am a 29year old female who was diagnoised with Chiari Malformation when I was around 20, Due to an MRI for extreme headaches.Since then I seem to be getting worse by each passing year. I do have headaches most days, just an annoying headache that is always there, but at time's the headaches are extreme, really painful and it feels like my head is going to explode from pressure, I actually would not call these headaches, as they are so much more and worse then that, If i would be given an option when Im suffering from them to just die instead of feeling the pain, i woulld take the death option, that is how bad they can get, Thankfully though I only get those every other month. I also have terrible pressure in my head neck and ears, balance, my memory is very bad, inner ear problems, dizziness, fatique, really bad neck pain/ache, sometimes my skull can feel numb to the touch, blurry vision, I feel weak all the time, I get a lot of vertigo, and also anxiety and depression but this is due to feeling ill al the time. Anyway, I went to one specialist who didn't know much about chiari, he offered me injections in my skull which helps with headpain. I declined this as I know my body, and I feel this could make things worse. I then went to a Chiari Specialist in Birmingham, He gave me an MRI and also one with a contrast dye, I have a 7MM chiari, which is not crowded, therefore he tells me that my symptoms are not from Chiari, and he would hesitate to say i am suffering from Chiari Malformatin. This confused me, i have a 7mm chiari, and ok my skull isn't crowded therefore i don't need surgery *Which i didn't want anyway, I just wanted answers as to why i am suffering* so due to me not needing surgery, he seems to have no interest in me. I am so down due to all of this, I have been told by other's that the size doesn't matter, any size can cause symptoms, and now after chasing answers and going to an actual chiari surgeon, who is meant to be great, well..I didn't find him great, he just dismissed me and didn't seem interested. I just want to know, if I have a 7mm Chiari, and my skull isn't too crowded, does this mean my symptoms are not from this?? I have been chasing answers for two years now and just get fobbed off I am so down due to all of this.
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