Chiari Symptoms

Although when you meet with doctors the first thing you might get asked is whether or not you are having headaches, there are actually a lot more symptoms than that. Headaches are definitely one of the most prominent for some people but others, like me, might not find them to be the most worrisome. Some don't have them at all.


This is a list of known Chiari symptoms that you may or may not have. 95% of Chiarians have at least 5 of these.


* denotes symptoms that I have.










* Headache 
depression
* body weakness
 * balance problems
* memory problems
facial numbness
hoarseness
photophobia
* abdominal pain 
* cognitive issues
* leg/foot numbness
* arm/shoulder pain
* arm/shoulder numbness
slurred speech
anxiety
* hearing problems (tinnitus)
* vasovagal syncope
* tachycardia
sleep apnea
vomiting
* nausea
*vertigo
* visual disturbances
earaches
snoring
hypotension
*loss of gag reflex
palpitations
* leg pain
* wake up choking
* frequent sinus infections 
hypertension 
face pain/tingling
thoracic pain
drop foot
Neck pain (running down the shoulders at times)
Unsteady gait (problems with balance)
Poor hand coordination (fine motor skills)
* Difficulty swallowing (sometimes accompanied by gagging, choking and vomiting)
Poor bladder control
Chest pain, in a band-like pattern around the chest
* Curvature of the spine (scoliosis) related to spinal cord impairment


Sources:
http://www.conquerchiari.org/documents/presentations/SYMPTOMS%20Presentation.pdf
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chiari-malformation/ds00839/dsection=symptoms
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chiari/detail_chiari.htm

1 comment:

  1. Not sure if last comment posted I forgot to sign in my account. Anyways I was thanking you for site I have POTS and EDS I have heard other patients talk about chiari. Never knew what it really was besides to do with brain. Recently I developed drop foot in June. The local neurologist is afraid to give me official diagnosis he suspects ALS, MS or MD. He never mentioned Chiari. I have majority of symptoms you listed. I can't have MRI with pacemaker. When I see Dr at Mayo soon I am gonna mention this. The one other thing he's worried about that isn't listed is I have extremely brisk reflex. Thanks for blog!

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