In September 2008, I began having some neck pain. In November of the same year, I developed one of those colds that hangs on for weeks - you know the kind, with the cough you can't shake? Every time I coughed, I would experience these pounding headaches in the back of my head that made it feel as though my head would literally explode. I saw my family doctor, who ordered an MRI.
I soon began experiencing a number of other neurological symptoms, including double vision, balance difficulty, tingling and numbness in my hands, and a loss of feeling in my feet, among others. By the time I received a diagnosis in January 2009, I was neurologically deteriorating - and quickly.
I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, a rare neurological disorder in which the back of the skull is too small and part of the brain herniates into the neck. In April 2009, at…
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