Having Chiari I and a Syrnix between C5-C7 has been life changing. I first had medical proof a little over a year ago. But, I believe, I silently knew things were not right all my life. On November 7, 2014 I had Suboccipital Craniectomy and Duroplasty surgery along with a Cervical 1 Laminectomy. Do I feel any better since? Yes & No. My left side more often than not feels heavy, numb, and agonizing at the same time. I always use to relish in the fact that I am a lefty and use to love using my creative skills. Now most tasks involving fine motor skills are duly avoided. I wouldn’t say the surgery helped but I have to believe that it may prevent my symptom list from growing. Most of my praise however goes to the Gabapentin (900mg), Effexor ER (150mg), and Amrix (30mg). Every six weeks I also receive Botox for my ever there headaches. I try to stay upbeat but I know it tends to get the best of me. I have sort-a good days and really bad days…today is a bad day. Here’s to hoping you are having a really good day!