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Post decompression surgery mood change/ anger?

New to the forum, but have not seen anyone with this issue.  I discovered that I had a Type 1 malformation when I was going over my medical records prior to retiring from the Navy.  I had Decompression surgery three years ago and most of the symptoms went away but the headaches, difficulty swallowing and blurry peripheral vision are there every now and then.  I am a father of 4 (14, 7 and 9 months) and my wife who has been with me through this whole ordeal.  Last night, she mentioned that they all are having a hard time with me, for the last three months, due to my mood changes - irritability, getting angry for no real reason, just having an overall bad attitude.  I'm having an MRI today - since headaches and dizziness are coming back strong, and will be seeing a neurosurgeon again.  Has anyone had similar issues, being moody all the time with ones you care about?  The thing is is that I don't seem like I'm being rude, or angry or irritable.  Thank you
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Hi and welcome to the Chiari forum.

I had some anger issues and from time to time when I am tired or in pain, I do see that I am not being rational about some things....so I can relate...and there  have been times I was told I was angry when I didn't feel angry???
May I ask, did they rule out ALL related conditions when you had surgery? As I said, pain, or tired from insomnia can affect mood, I am one that knows first hand.
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The related conditions I still have are A-Fib (on meds), sleep apnea (oral appliance), I still have difficulty swallowing if the pieces are not chewed enough, headaches like my head is going to explode (once or twice every couple of months).  I wake up refreshed, even with twin (9months).  It seems like after surgery, I had a bigger "divot" at the base of my skull, and now it seems to have filled in.  Not sure if that is normal, or if that if affecting my moods,  I don't always feel any pain, but I know it's there.  I have also noticed that my upper back around my spine has been tight all the way up my neck to the base of my skull.  
I am sorry to hear you have those issues remaining....BUT, I was wondering about SYRINGOMYELIA, EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME, as they can cause many of the issue you are having as well as POTS, it can cause issues with the heart..mitral valve prolapse etc...
It is possible to develop scar tissue and that could have filled in the divot.

I do recall a few members with Children with Chiari also mentioned the children had mood issues but it was prior to surgery....could be  you should have it looked at...have another MRI?
NS is requesting a cine MRI. He thinks that it might be a flow issue. Also referring me to a neurologist about "fogginess " and loss of words.  We'll see in about two weeks what the plan is.
19681337 tn?1531695242
Hey, thanks for your question. I haven't ever thought about them being linked before, but I got decompression surgery a little over a year ago and especially in the past couple of months I have had pretty uncontrollable mood swings and irritability. My boyfriend has been bringing it up recently, how I "didn't used to be like this," and he's concerned. Weird. Let me know how the results of your MRI come back and if all is normal--I have one scheduled in about two weeks and I'd be curious to see if we have any more similarities on this behavior. Good luck with everything, thanks again for sharing.
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MRI was normal. Nothing changed. Having a cine MRI at end of week and review next week Tuesday. Also referred to neurologist.  I'll keep up on posts.
How did the CINE MRI go?
Cine MRI is normal. Going to Neurologist in Feb. Only have one in my area at this time. Looking into cbd oil.
Keep us posted. Hope the CBD works well for you.
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