News about Nathan and Heather Straz

Sunday, 18 February, 2007
Doctor Appointment
by heather

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!


gina said on Mar 26 at 01:12 p.m.:

I have chiari and have been having a lot of symptoms that make me wonder if I have tethered cord. were you having symptoms to make him dx or did he see in on MRI?? thanks in advance for any help

Linnea said on Mar 27 at 11:47 p.m.:

I went to see Dr B March 20-21 just this last week and he also says I have Chiari Created From a tethered cord and I am scheduled for surgery April 23. I'm 60 years old and I haven't a clue when all of this started for me, I will have the tether cord surgery and then go back for neck fusion in a couple of month. I has been a 5 year plus battle for me. I have been to all the Dr in the Seattle area I could go and things just kept getting worse for me . TCI was my last option and I paid off. Linnea