I was diagnosed in April of 2011 and saw a neurosurgeon who said he wanted to operate in 6 months. I didn't have many symptoms bothering me and the surgery scared me, so I chose to push it back and have the operation when I began having real symptoms... In the past i months I started getting numbness in my fingertips. In the past 6 months I began losing feeling in my fingertips. And today I burned my finger and didn't realize it until I saw the blister and realized I am losing feeling along the sides of my fingers. Suddenly I began connecting the dots, I am always cold from poor circulation, get numbness in my hands and fingers and arms and legs and feet, get pain shooting through my arm/elbows/hands/upper back/neck, and am losing feeling in my fingers now. Does this mean my Chiari Malformation is progressing and I have to seek out a surgeon or can I push off the surgery for another year if I can deal with the symptoms? I just got a dream job and can't afford risking losing the job and wonder if maybe I am just over thinking the other symptoms. Has anyone experienced this or know enough to tell me if I should be worried?