I've been MIA for a bit, but as some of you may remember I was having some bad headaches and dizzy spells for several months and finally broke down and went to the dr who sent me to a neurologist. I had an MRI and CTA scan this week only to find out that I have a chiari malformation of my brain and am being sent to a neurosurgeon next month. Basically, it's where the back part of my brain, the cerebellum, doesn't have enough room in my skull and herniates down into my spinal column, putting pressure on my spinal cord and blocking spinal fluid flow to my brain, which causes the symptoms. Over the last month, the symptoms have got so much worse and I have headaches daily and days where I barely have the energy to get off the couch. It's causing vision problems and a host of other issues. I have another MRI scheduled to see exactly how much my spinal fluid is blocked in a few weeks, which will determine how soon surgery will need to be done. I'm still hoping that somehow another treatment will be an option once I see a specialist, as the thought of brain surgery and an 18 month recovery period is extremely scary with two toddlers!!!! But from all of my research and from what my neurologist has told me, meds do little to help with the condition and my symptoms are progressing quickly, so surgery is looking to be the only option. So, if you ladies don't mind to say a quick prayer in my direction, I would greatly appreciate it! I think I'm still in shock right now and go from crying to absolute denial at the drop of a hat. I definitely wasn't expecting anything of this sort when I went in for these tests! Thank God dh pushed me to have it checked out when he did!!!