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Hello, i am a 22 year old female diagnosed in January 2016 with a 6mm Chiari Malformation 1. At that point in time i was being seen for syncope and what my dr thought was absent seizures. My eeg was clear (no seizures). I have also had anxiety and depression and back pain sense i was 13. I didnt often have headaches, but now they are getting more amd more frequent with back and neck pain, stomach problems, forgetting a lot, painful joints, problems falling asleep, but wanting to sleep constantly,sensitivity to certain lighting, tingling in feetfeet, among other problems. I went to see my neurologist this week and he blamed all of my symptoms on caffeine and the fact that im a smoker, but put me on activity restrictions. My cousin was diagnosed with Chiari at age 11 and had surgery,i have discussed with her a lot of my symptoms and most are like hers to a T. He made it sound like the only time you need the surgery is when you have paralysis. Am i over reacting because of the constant pain i am in or is he not taking me as seriously as he should?
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