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Conquer Chiari: A Patient's Guide To The Chiari Malformation Paperback – March 7, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1434847003 ISBN-10: 1434847004 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1434847004
  • ISBN-13: 978-1434847003
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rick Labuda is the Founder and Executive Director of Conquer Chiari. As a Chiari patient himself, he knows firsthand the pain and frustration of dealing with this disease. As the Editor of Chiari & Syringomyelia News he has personally authored over 150 articles on Chiari and related topics, has communicated with more than 1,000 Chiari patients, and has interviewed many of the top neurosurgeons in the world.

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Loooooooooooovvvved the book very informative.
Brenna
Rick did a really wonderful job writing things so that everyone can understand.
Lisa Friend
I highly recommend this book for anyone dealing with Chiari.
Deanne Morley

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Melissa S. Neff on March 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you've been diagnosed with Chiari Malformation, this book will assist you in every way imaginable. Not only does the author give you an extensive background on what it is, but he walks you through from diagnosis to hopeful outcomes. The story at the beginning of Chapter 8 lends some hope, whether you are just diagnosed or have been dealing with Chiari for years. Unlike many doctor's who write about health conditions, the author is a Chiari sufferer as well and writes this book with imput from his own experience. As any Chiari or Syringomyelia sufferer well knows, sometimes its seems no one can relate to the pain and frustration you face everyday. Well this author can! Not only has he suffered from the effects of Chiari and Syringomyelia, but he has devoted much of his time in educating others and helping them to make more informed decisions. Definitely a must read!! I read that there may also be a book in the future about Syringomyelia (I have this disorder as well) as I've learned that they sometimes go hand in hand. I plan on passing this book around to members of my family, so that they may better understand what I am living with, and travel along side me in my journey with knowledge, not simply as observers. Thank You Mr. Labuda for this valuable weapon in MY battle with Chiari.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Friend on April 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
I was diagnosed and had decompression surgery in 2003. Five years later I still struggle with headaches. I read anything that I can get my hands on that has to do with Chiari. This by far is the best book written on Chiari that I have read. I am going to make everyone in my family read it so that they have a better understanding of what I go through. Rick did a really wonderful job writing things so that everyone can understand.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Rhein on June 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book packed full of info. Wish I had been able to read it when I was first diagnosed. Gives technical info and info from the patient's perspective. Because this is a large book, it is a bit much to expect family and friends to read it, so I recommend you also get Dr. Oro's book The Chiari Book: A Guide for Patients, Families, and Health Care Providers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Cross on January 31, 2010
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My daughter was diagnosed with Chiari a few weeks ago. I am grateful to this author for his extensive research, along with his personal experience with the disease, which he shares with others in this book. If you have been affected by Chiari, or anyone you know has, or if you are in the medical profession, then you need to read this book. The author's web site, also called "Conquer Chiari" is the best source on the web to learn about Chiari and to meet others who have it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr D TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 29, 2011
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Conquer Chiari: A Patient's Guide To The Chiari Malformation provides great education and support for those newly diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation (ACM) and their families and loved ones wanting to know more about it and how they can help.

By far, this is the best read for patients and their families regarding ACM, I just wish that there were more medical studies regarding the correlation between Arnold Chiari Malformation and Upper Cervical Subluxation Complex: A Review of the Chiropractic and Medical Literature. Upper Cervical Subluxation Chiropractic studies are showing that MRIs taken before and after an orthospinology or NUCCA adjustment show the cerebellar tonsils returning back above the foramen magnum. Herniation of the cerebellar tonsils can be caused by conditions other than ACM such as intraspinal hypotension, intracranial hypertension, spinal cord tethering, brain tumors and other growths, upper cervical subluxation, etc. While the absence of cerebellar tonsiliar herniation does not exclude the diagnosis of Arnold Chiari malformation, it is definitely central to it. Kirk Eriksen discusses in his book the role of the Dentate Ligament which attach the spinal cord to the dura matter and keep it in the central location. The first pair of dentate ligaments ascend upward and into the foramen magnum to attach to the dura of the posterior fossa. They are located between teh vertebral artery anteriorly and the hypoglossal nerve posteriorly, and the spiinal accessory nerve ascends on the posterior aspect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Deanne Morley on October 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am 49 and have been symptomatic for 25 years. I had severe headaches for 11 years before being diagnosed at age 36. I had surgery in 1995. There was little info back then. No one understood how I felt. I bought this book a few months ago and it is wonderful and informative and it is easy reading. I highly recommend this book for anyone dealing with Chiari. It is great for the chiari patient as well as family members and medical personell. While reading many of the pages I cried because it was like they were writing about me. My family never understood what I was going through, although they were very supportive. I wish there would have been information like this available in 1995. I have felt like I have been in my own little world all these years. In Northern Ontario where I live there are no specialist so I have been on my own. I had to travel to Southern Ontario for sugery. Deanne Morley in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada.
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