When I was 21 I was working in a school. I was loving life, had just moved out of the family home and was enjoying everything about growing up. I, whilst playing badminton, developed pain in my wrist. This developed to tingling in my ring and little finger, followed by me being unable to straighten my hand out. A simple trapped ulnar nerve was what my doctors told me, except the 3 nerve conduction studies and other tests I had did not corroborate this. I was given a splint in February 2010 and told to muddle along as best as I could. I soon developed tingling in my toes and feet.
I was rushed in, given morphine and antisickness. 2 weeks later, following CT scans, lumbar punctures and far too many tests I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation Type 1. I had a 14mm herniation, which reached to just above C1. I also was told I had syringomyelia, with a small syrinx.