Hi, I'm new here and I've been reading some posts (thank you everyone for sharing their own stories and suggestions!). I know every case is different. In my case I've been having symptoms my whole life - and now just realized it. But it's been three years since they've gotten worse. Headaches every day - which get worse when laughing, crying, sneezing, coughing, bending over or tilting my head backwards, vertigo, neck and back pain which is sometimes unendurable, numbness in legs and arms, pain in my arms, fatigue, losing train of thought, problems with concentration, trouble finding words, swallowing feels weird because it feels like I have something stuck in my throat all the time and I get a hoarse voice easily - I'm a girl and sometimes overnight my voice is all hoarse.
After reading (a lot - because apparently doctors don't really know the full extent of Chiari Malformation) I'm still not completely sure when one's supposed to get the surgery?
I've read it all depends on the patient's symptoms and the doctor's suggestions...
I've had appointments with 3 different surgeons. The first one said my only option was surgery (to alleviate the symptoms). The second one said that the only symptom is having headaches (which I thought was weird seeing as I've read in medical journals and threads that there can be many other symptoms - which I have). The third one said he wouldn't operate, and that he would rather wait until "more symptoms" came along (like double vision and not being able to lift things...which translated into real life terms is "wait until it gets worse", right?)
So now I'm confused and just wanted to know how did you guys know it was the right time to have the surgery?