I have not had enough time until now to sit down and write about my appointment with Dr.B on Thursday. He told me pretty much what I expected I would hear. He thinks I have tethered cord and that surgery would help. Tethered cord basically means that the bottom of my spinal cord is attached, when it should be free-flowing, and that it is putting downward tension on my entire spinal cord and the base of my brain, causing the chiari malformation. Dr.B says that the surgery and recovery are much easier than the two surgeries that I've already had. He also told me that they are booking surgeries out about 2 months, so I can think about it and schedule it for some time this spring or summer. I'll write more as I learn more about tethered cord. If anyone reading this has had the surgery, please feel free to share your story with me!
Sunday, 18 February, 2007