Chiari Malformations (CMs) are structural defects in the cerebellum, which is that part of the brain that controls balance. The cerebellar tonsils have a downward displacement through the foramen magnum (the opening at the base of the skull), which also sometimes leads to non-communication hydrocephalus due to the blockage of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) outflow. Effectively, there’s a part of the brain that extends down out of the base of the skull, and if the hold they need to protrude through is too small, it causes problems.
The symptoms differ from person to person. While some people are asymptomatic, others experience dizziness, muscle weakness, nausea, numbness, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), vision problems and headaches.
Diagnosis of Chiari Malformations is made through a combination of patient history, neurological examination and medical imaging. As for me, in my late teens/early 20’s I found myself slowly being paralyzed down my entire left side. It was due to the spinal condition that I was born with; Arnold-Chiari Malformation. It is the Type II out of the four types Chiari Malformations. As is common with Chiari Malformations,I had also developed Syringomyelia; a progressive degenerative disorder characterised by formation of fluid filled cystsin the spinal cord.I couldn’t have done anything, I had no one to blame, not even myself; it was a condition that I was born with. Due to escalating symptoms and dangers, I underwent a very risky surgery at the age of 23. What it did was fix the paralysis issue, but in addition, it also left some residual damage along my spine, but for many years the only notable symptoms I had were some minor balance issues; which meant that riding bikes or skiing were off-limits for me.
About 11 years ago, began the worst nightmare of my life. The part of my spine that had been injured due to the surgery developed Osteoarthritis which lead to migraines and crushing pain in my arms, hands, legs and ankles. To deal with this chronic pain, I had been going to the pain clinic every 3 months for the past 2 years, as well as taking a variety of prescription pain medication. During each of the sessions at the pain clinic, I was given a spinal injection at one of the 3 targeted vertebrae. Within a couple of days the pain faded away but for only about 6 weeks. After that, I could do nothing but suffer in agony for the next 6 weeks until my clinic date came again.
About 2 months ago, I was introduced to Emulin+™, the flagship product of iGalen. Emulin+™ has worked wonders for me. Because of it, I take significantly less pain medication now than I have in over 10 years. One of its core objectives is to tackle inflammation. It has helped me overcome my chronic pain between my pain clinic sessions. My treatment at the pain clinic is overdue and since the last session I have not been taking any sort of pain medication during the day. It simply helps curb my pain. What’s more, I haven’t had a migraine in over 8 weeks. I don’t think I can ever go back to those days of excruciating pain. To all those who suffer through the kind of pain similar to mine, I recommend you give Emulin a try as well. I am sure it will work for you like it did for me. I no longer spend endless hours counting the days until my pain clinic sessions and suffering in agony.