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Hi I was diagnosed about 2.5 years ago and have a Chiari of 8-9 cm. I have been offered surgery by kings in London but I really want to avoid! What is everyone else's view on this? I don't think I have many headaches compared to other stories I have read. I get pressure headaches that last a few seconds when sneezing coughing straining shouting bending over too quickly(that's the main time). I'm always very tired but I do have an 8 year old a 1 year old and a 3.5 year old autistic son so day to day life is pretty intense and exhausting! I sometimes get dizzy but not often. And I very often loose my train of thought or repeat myself, which must be so annoying for my husband! The thing is apart from the obvious symptoms that you read online I don't really know about the symptoms I should watch out for, I have had a very sore right arm a couple of times lasting a few days, as if there is a trapped nerve at the top, then it goes..... Im going on a bit now! Basically I suppose what I'm saying is I have read pros and cons for surgery and given that I do function everyday looking after 3 children. Surely it's not necessary?!
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