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I just wanted to say that I had decompression surgery December 6th. He thinned the dura but did not open it and my C1 was removed. I have to say I did a lot of research and a lot of praying prior to surgery but I am so glad I had this done. I suffered for 6 years with symptoms after I gave birth to my daughter, after years of searching for the problem I finally got diagnosed by a chiropractor about 3-4 months ago and immediately found the best recommended surgeon in my state Dr Scott Soleau in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He told me that I would be cursing his name after surgery because this was one of the most painful surgeries performed. It was not at all half as bad as I expected. I also found out 2 weeks before surgery my husband was having an affair with someone we took into our home for the recent big flood here. And we have a 6 year old daughter. So not only was I suffering will Chiari symptoms, preparing for a huge surgery, had just taken in 2 families into my home because of the flood, then found out my husband had been cheating with one for the past few months and had to see a lawyer right before surgery I can say that I am blessed beyond belief. I have never felt better. Surgery was December 6, stitches came out Wednesday December 21, and when I woke up the next day I felt like I hadn't even had surgery performed. I can move my neck as easily as prior to surgery and my energy is so much better, no back pain, I've had one mild headache and a couple dizzy spells because I was out Christmas shopping for 2 days and staying up until late and only getting 4-5 hours of sleep. I was so excited I felt so good I kinda over did it. I know every person is different with Chiari and I pray that my symptoms stay gone from this day forward. Everything I've prayed for thus far have been given to me. So despite the fact that I am separating my husband and we share a beautiful daughter and a big beautiful home we built together that is now for sale, I just know my body has been restored because God has a plan for me and I'm excited to see what the future holds for me. I just wanted to share my story. I know lots of people prolong surgery because of fear. And I almost cancelled my surgery when I found out about the affair because I knew my daughter would need me more than ever but I didn't let it defeat me. I had the surgery and with the help of my parents after the first week I was doing everything wth no problems. It is a personal decision that each person has to make but I can attest that prayer, positive thoughts, and believing that I was going to be healed is what kept me in a peaceful happy place. My symptoms wasn't nearly as bad as some and I am super happy that I didn't wait until it was too late. I hope and pray that all my fellow Chiari family gets cured. Praying for you all.
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