I had Chiari surgery back in 1995, over the last couple of years I have been having pressure headaches. Can Chiari reoccur? I had a really bad time when I had my surgery in 95, about 4 weeks post opperative I had to be rushed back to the emergency at Duke. Some debris from the surgery was floating and blocking the CSF and caused severe headaches that would only last for about 20 seconds. Then I would only have a few seconds to tell my family what was going on before it would hit again. I prayed to God to help me, at that moment I threw up bile and after that the pain subsided. I never knew pain existed like that. I wanted to post that in case someone else had to go through the same thing. My question today is if this condition can come back. Thank you
Your pain sounds like a pretty scary time, but you turned to the right Person. I think we will always have Chiari Malformation as there is no cure just relief. I had my surgery 3 months ago and headaches have returned. I can mostly relieve them with ibuprofen and extra rest. Make sure you keep a quiet environment with very little light when these headaches occur. But you know that.
There are many posters here who have had more than 1 surgery - but I notice some of these cases of further surgery seem to be revisions to the first one. What's important is that you responded to your pain. What I wish for you is to know that you are not alone and that you found a wonderful place, full of encouragement and love.
As Elisa stated above....once you have Chiari you will always have it as it is a malformation of the bone structure of the skull.....surgery allows more room for CSF to flow...it does not remove the malformation or take the condition away....only may help some symptoms.
Now can your original CSF obstruction reoccur,,,,yes to that as well....
Another thing to consider is were ALL related conditions ruled out? Many of them can cause the same symptoms as the CSF obstruction Chiari causes.....
Was your NS a Chiari specialist?.....Have you had a MRI since surgery? If so how long ago?
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