Nikki, I’m so very sorry to read about the multiple problems you experienced. I underwent surgery for a Chiari malformation in 2010 at West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, Louisiana. My surgery was a complete success. Prior to my surgery, I experienced symptoms much like the symptoms you experienced. My headaches were called “cluster headaches:”. The headaches began when I was a teenager and got progressively worse. For a long time, I thought I had a brain tumor. I started losing my grip and my balance. Dr. John Steck of Cuclicchia Neurological Clinic saved my life with the surgery performed. It’s been 6 years since the surgery and now I am started to experience strange tingling in my hands and feet. Your article is giving me the courage to face my problems. Thanks so much.