Dal Bello Hopes to Return to the ICA Soon

Tue, 08/04/2015

The International Chiari Association (ICA) announced that Founder/President Pete Dal Bello will be taking a medical leave of absence. Dal Bello made the decision after going to the ER on Monday and Saturday of last week with burning pain. 

"Since May 2, I have had burning pain throughout my body," Dal Bello said. "Fortunately, medication has helped, but I do have the symptoms of arachnoiditis and each day is difficult. While I haven't been diagnosed, and I've been told by a neurologist that it is difficult to diagnose, arachnoiditis is a pain disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid. The arachnoid is one of the membranes that surrounds and protects the nerves of the spinal cord.

"There will be more tests and appointments coming up soon. Today, I will be scheduling two more MRIs."

Dal Bello, who has Chiari, had decompression surgery in 2009. He founded the ICA in 2011. 

"I will be taking a medical leave of absence and I hope to return soon," he added. "Please keep me in your thoughts and/or prayers. Also, remember to keep wearing purple for Chiari Awareness - especially on ICA Purple Fridays."

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