The symptoms began 4 days before my 48th birthday. Like so many, at first, I thought it was a reaction to pollen, arriving with the volatile weather and fragile greens trumpeting winter’s end. When the sore throat began and breathing became more and more difficult without any other sign of allergic reaction, I began to fear my isolation had come too late. Somehow I had caught the virus before it was even supposed to be in my area. Coronavirus, COVID-19.
It's been a while since I stopped in just to say, "hey, how's life going for you? Here's what's happening with me." Mostly that's because my symptoms have been limiting the amount of time and energy I have to write, revise and update The Zebra Pit and I feel like I should concentrate my efforts on symptom relief over camaraderie. But I have very exciting news to share, so I thought I'd combine it with a bit of an update.
In order to help you identify the type of head pain you're experiencing, here's a few tips for identifying and treating them based on my own experiences. Remember, every patient can be different and ultimately the treatments you choose should be made in consultation with the doctors on your care team.
After taking time away for work and family, Michelle's ready to return. Find out how things will be changing and what plans she has now that the Zebra Pit has risen from the ashes.
Maura was diagnosed with Chiari I in 2007 at age 6 via a traditional horizontal MRI. “I had a decompression shortly after diagnosis and had significant relief for 8 months. After that symptoms returned but slightly differently, so I had a full decompression. Turns out it was craniocervical instability that caused the symptoms to return after the first decompression so the second decompression was ineffective.”