OMG! Would that not be the most wonderful feeling in the world! To know you were surrounded by people who not only cared about you but who actually understood what you were going through! That would be so nice, as hard as our family tries to understand...without having BTDT it's hard for them to truly understand what we go through on a daily basis. God Love 'em they try! But it's not the same as someone that goes through the same thing you do everyday! :)
....the sun coming through the trees as YOU drive not only makes you nauseous and dizzy but gives you a HA! It's even worse when your the passenger! But you need the tree lined streets because the sun coming straight into the windshield all the time is straight up HA!
you know you have Chiari when you're standing in a parking lot, and think that you are just imagining a car backing into you because you're dizzy, when it REALLY is backing into you!
I was talking w/a friend, & this evil old man decided that the way to get us to move was to back into us. He didnt even beep. His intent was not innocent, as he was smirking as he drove away. I could not believe it!!
You get an insurance packet update for the new fiscal year and you see that mri and ct scan go from being covered 100% to 80% and you start crying:( Then you get busy making Dr's appointments before the year end!
Oh no...what happened.....my shower issue is u know u have chiari when u get out of the shower and find ur hair is no cleaner then it was b4 u shampooed only to find u used conditioner to wash ur hair......
-someone says they have a headache and you think "i wish i had JUST a headache"
-when you have to recount 5 different times doing a math problem because you keep forgetting where you left off
-when you cant seem to remember a certain word and are trying so hard to remember it that you forget what you were talking about in the first place
when you want to go ape on someone who complains about a HA... Really people? you have no freaking clue!
When people say: "You look ok, what's wrong with you?"
When you just cry for no apparent reason to others, but it's because you are so miserably trapped in your own body and nothing makes it better.
When all you want is some form of normalcy on a daily basis, and the simple task of cleaning your own house brings on terrible pain but you do things anyway because you don't want to be considered weak in the eyes of others.
Oh and 1 of my favorites: When you have to have a BM and your afraid to push too hard cause it creates horrible head pain and then BOOM you've got another migraine!
We could all go on for hours, lol
It's also funny how we, all of us, usually have a better sense of humor or somewhat morbid sense sometimes, lol, than the healthy ones!
Love all the posts today, let's do this again sometime :)
I know all to well the "it's all in your head" comments. LOL
Yeah it is LITERALLY all in our heads people, now pull yours out of the other end and pay attention to what we are telling you! lol
Kris glad you were having a good enough day to put your therapist back in her place :) whoot-whoot!
Look up Dr. Paul Matz head of surgery in St. Paul Minnesota. He ain't no joke. If he cannot help you there is not help for you. Or the head of Neuro-surgery at UAB in Birmingham Alabama. Baby! They are goooooood!!!!! I had the worse kind, even had to have two spinal bones removed along with a large chunk of my skull and I am FINE! No more pain when I cough, sneeze or laugh really hard. Had the flu and no pain what so ever. Paralysis is gone and these doctor held out little hope for me.
Hello. I have just been diagnosed with Chiari's this week. After looking at these you know you have Chiari, I find myself very able to relate to many of them and laughed at many of them. Thank you for the humor.
Absolutely, Tayna, I do have constant ringing in my ears. Better at times worse others. It seems when things are off kilter in my head the ringing gets louder. When I'm feeling good it gets rather faint. It never completely goes away though.
Now as for 'You know you have Chiari when...." your shoulder feels as though it's been doing way more than it should have been yet you've yet to get off the couch.
I recently got diagnosed with Chiari and Syringomelia. I want to thank you all for this forum, I have read alot of the posts in the last few weeks. Honestly, I can not digest too much at once because it is overwhelming. But, I have found out thur your posts and the " you know you have chiari" thread, that all these years I knew something was wrong. From the throbbing in my head like Fred Flintstone, to the random muscle cramps to the numbness in my back that they said "shouldn't be there",NOW I know I am not crazy! lol. Thanks and I will continue to read and absorb info from you fine people!
Let me tell you...I started having scary symptoms this time last year (thought I was having a stroke or a heart attack), and I called an ambulance and was taken to the ER....where they treated me like scum because they thought I must be drunk. Every test they did turned out normal, and I was discharged. The doctor thought maybe I had MS or an enlarged heart (based on palpating it), and I had to have all kinds of tests done. MRI showed Chiari Malformation....I shouldn't complain because at least mine isn't bad enough to require surgery, but truth is, I am miserable, and I feel like no one gets it...until I read these posts! They hit the nail right on the head, but everyone else thinks I'm flitty, paranoid, emo (which I have been since a couple of years before the "big" symptoms started), weird, hypochondriac, just "stressed," and I get so fed up! I love this page because y'all actually get it. Question: does anyone choke, feel faint/fluttery, see colored spots, and basically get the sensation that they're deprived of oxygen and dying when they wake up from deep sleep?
I know what you mean! I have all kinds of whole-body symptoms that have increasingly gotten worse over the past couple of years, until I got an MRI done. The first one apparently did not show Chiari because no one said anything about it, but this past January (2-3 years later), I got such scary symptoms that I knew I had to find an answer, and he said I did have Chiari, but he blew me off and said it wasn't causing my symptoms. However, I researched the disorder, and the symptoms it lists are EXACTLY what I'm having!
U may want to start a new thread with ur questions and concerns as it may get lost in this thread.....
Many of us have been accused of either not being truthful about our symptoms such as overstating them or being drug seekers....it is difficult as not many Drs r well informed or experienced with Chiari.
And yes to ur questions about choking...as for the sleep issue, if u r gasping for air, that may be sleep apnea and it is considered a related issue and u should be tested for it.
I have no idea if you will get this but I just read your, "you know you have Chiari if ...." post and I could relate to so much. I have POTS(dysautonomia) and but I have some odd neurological problems as we'll. I have been trying to explain the experience that sensation of waking suddenly from sleep with severe vertigo. You explained it so well! I was just hoping you knew more about the reason.
The poster u r replying to is not an active member but has popped on a few times recently so to inform her u r trying to make contact, send a PM (private message) that will generate an e-mail so she will know someone would like to communicate.
Since u have POTS, do u know if u also have EDS or Chiari?
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