I didn’t know I had Chiari until a month after my 33rd birthday. In a way, it explains a lot of things that have been wrong for me.
When I was little, I was always sick. I had speech issues, ranging from not being able to say some letters to stuttering. I went to speech therapy for three years and was able to start saying the letters I couldn’t say. I seem to recall not being able to say L, T, and S. At any rate, I can say them now, but I still have my stutter, although that seems to come and go. If I am more nervous, it comes back. If I meditate, it is not as noticeable.
In May of 2014, I was at work when I had my first-ever vertigo episode. I was setting up a job on the machine I run. I was standing on a stool, bent over the machine, to be able to set the job up. When I stood up, I felt light-headed. It wasn’t my normal light-headed feeling. I immediately went to a coworker and told her. Within half an hour, I was on the floor of the first-aid room, sweating, and I couldn’t keep my eyes open because the room was spinning. I was taken to the hospital via ambulance where they did the quick little tests to see if I was having a stroke (which I didn’t have). An MRI was performed, and that’s when they found the Chiari Malformation.
Now, I don’t really know what other things I have that can be attributed to Chiari, but I am making an appointment with a neurologist, just to make sure nothing else is wrong with my brain or nervous system. My headaches have become different. I get dizzy a lot easier than I used to, and my right shoulder tightens up a lot.
What scares me the most is that I live alone with my dog and cat. I am afraid that I’ll have another vertigo episode and will not be able to call for help. But one day at a time, I’ll survive!
The informational content of this article is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.
This story is intended to convey a personal experience and, because every person’s experience is unique, should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.