“On March 28th, 2006, Dr. Philip V. Theodosopoulos, MD, performed Chiari Decompression Surgery on me. He gave me my life back. From Feb 2006 through the fall of 2007, I trained for and ran 1 half and 2 full marathons. In Oct 2007, I started with a pressure headache that never went away. From Oct until March, my symptoms multiplied to the point where I had no quality of life. I was in constant pain, uncomfortable losing the use of my left hand and experiencing problems with my mind wandering uncontrollably. I was unable to safely drive and I was unable to care for my two children. I was definitely not able to run.
I was diagnosed by MRI as having Arnold Chiari Malformation Type 1. After more tests and more MRIs, Dr. Theo agreed that I needed surgery to reduce the CS Fluid pressure in my skull.
It has been over 2 years since my surgery and I am training for my 2nd half-marathon since my life has begun again. I still have headaches and discomfort in my spine and lower back, but only about 5% of the symptoms I had before surgery.
I am living proof thanks to Dr. Theo and his staff.