I was in a wreck on June 15th. Someone hit me from behind going 70 mph when I was at a stand still. My head hit the steering wheel and my air bags did not deploy. I was sent to the hospital in am ambulance because I lost feeling in my left side which is my dominant side.
At the ER I had CT and Xrays of my neck and shoulder and was sent home in a neck brace. I had a sprained neck and part of my cervical lordosis was straightened out (its supposed to be curved). My pain only got worse since then and I now experience tingling and numbness in my hands and feet, legs and arms, severe neck and headaches (lower back part of head only), I'm constantly dizzy. Often time my hands and feet feel hurt so bad that I cannot even pick up a fork to eat. My back pain and neck and head are so very painful. I was experiencing memory loss but it was said to be from the concussion.
My PCP was concerned about the memory loss and pain so I got sent for my fifth imaging testing which was an MRI of my head and there is no damage to my memory part of my brain but they found that I had 6.5 mm of my cerebellum wedged into my spinal canal which is when I was diagnoses with Chiari Type I.
My PCP referred me to a Neurosurgeon, to discuss Chiari and possible surgery. Now this Neurosurgeon is sending me to a Neurologist to get a Cervical MRI and to make sure the Chiari Malformation is what is behind me and to see if the surgery will help me.
I'm am so over being in so much pain. I cannot sleep with or without a pillow, I had to hold onto my husband this past weekend numerous times because I was so dizzy, my arms and legs, feet and hands so numb and tingle strong pain.
I am not sure if i have a syrinx, and wasnt told I had fluid in my spine so I was just writing to vent and see if anyone has under gone surgery with similar symptons?
My PCP said I was born with this, but he thinks the impact of my accident made my condition known and may have made the Malformation worse. He immediate referred me out because he does not specialize in Neuro/Chiari and is very concerned about my health.
Thoughts? Any input is welcomed. I'm 24, have never been hospitalized or sick really up until this accident everything has gone downhill. I cannot sit, stand, lay down or be still for ten minutes before my symptoms progress. I would rather have surgery then feel like this everyday..
Thankfully my job is very much aware of my health and have backed me on whatever I choose. They are concerned of my well-being.