To start: My husband was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation shortly after we got married. He has always had severe scoliosis; he was told it was because he was a preemie. His scoliosis often resulted in pinched nerves, and when he developed a badly pinched nerve in his upper back we assumed it was the upper curve. He went to the doctor and did some physical therapy, which did nothing for the muscle pain or spasm. We were referred to a spinal specialist for his scoliosis to be evaluated. The specialist performed several tests and referred us to a neurosurgeon for a potential brain tumor. Over the next few months (by which time we found out I was pregnant) my husband's symptoms got worse. He began to have trouble walking and used a cane, then a walker, and finally a wheelchair. Then he began to lose function in his left side as well. We finally got the results back: it was Arnold Chiari Malformation. The malformation on his cerebellum was compressing one part of his pinal column and restricting half of the flow of the fluid, resulting in the loss of function on his left side. Surgery was our only option by this point. My husband had brain surgery six weeks after our daughter was born. They cloned tissue and formed a "bungee" to hold his cerebellum back and shaved off the backs of the vertebrae in his neck to improve the spinal fluid flow. A year later, he is in great shape. He regained all of his nerve and muscle function within months and received a clean bill of health from the neurosurgeon last summer. He still has some problems; namely he gets very bad mood swings when he is under stress. We are hoping our daughter has not inherited this from him, but have not been able to get a good answer from any doctors beyond "wait for her to show symptoms" My husband's didn't show up until they were life-threatening. Hopefully if she has it we will be able to catch it before that happens.