Hello - I have been symptomatic for 6 years but just recently diagnosed with a chiari 1 malformation and syringomyelia in my cervical spine. My neurologist, who I really like, is recommending a cocktail of medications to reduce my pain and hold off surgery as long as possible. Is this a common experience? I have not been able to find very much information on long term prognosis, particularly after surgery. Are those of you who are post op symptom free? Are you able to be as active as you would like to be? Thank you!