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Symptoms

Posted Nov 17 2008 11:44pm
People with Chiari Malformations may experience no symptoms. When symptoms are present, they usually do not appear until adolescence or early adulthood, but can occasionally be seen in young children.

The most common Chiari symptoms include:
Severe Headache and Neck Pain
Pain at the back of the head that is aggrivated by coughing, sneezing, straining etc.
Dizziness
Vertigo
Disequilibrium
Visual disturbances
Ringing in the ears
Difficulty swallowing
Heart palpitations
Sleep apnea
Muscle weakness
Impaired fine motor skills
Chronic fatigue
Painful tingling of the hands and feet ("Pins & Needles")

Other Chiari symptoms may include:
Nystagmus
Memory loss
Restricted movement
Intolerance to bright light / difficulty adjusting to light change
Difficulty walking on uneven ground / feeling ground under feet
Difficulty driving
Difficulty negotiating steps
Pressure / pain behind the eyes (soreness in the eyeballs)
Back pain
Neck spasms
Insomnia
Swaying
Pain when changing position
Tingling / crawling feeling on scalp
Intolerance to loud or confusing sounds
Decreased sensation to touch in extremeties
Decreased sensitivity to temperature
Pain & tension along ear / eye / jawline
Difficulty swallowing / lump in throat / sore throat / swollen lymph nodes
Drooling
Spontaneous vertigo
Hand tremors
Poor blood circulation / cold hands & feet
Sinus / mucous problems
Sleep apnea
Decreased muscle tone
Pressure in ears / ears feel stopped up
Nausea
Difficulty reading or focusing on text
Depth perception problems
Burning sensation in extremeties / shoulder blades
Menstrual problems / severe cramping during period
Fluid-like sound in ears (like water running)
Loss of sexual interest / lack of sensation in pelvic area
Pulling sensation while sitting / standing
Intense itchiness w/profuse sweating
Slurred speech
Gag reflex problems / lack of gag reflex
Pressure / tightness in chest
Loss of bladder control
Frequent urination
Dehydration / excessive thirst
Electric like burning sensations
Unequal pupil size
Loss of taste
Popping / cracking sounds in neck or upper back when stretching
Dizziness
Loss of smell / problems with sense of smell
Dry skin and lips
Abrupt changes in blood pressure
Hiccups
Skin problems

Tethered Cord symtoms:
Urinary urgency
Frequency of urination
Urinary incontinence
Urinary retention
Frequency of urination at night
Difficulty starting urinary stream
Constipation
Diarrhea
Occasional incontinence for stools
Decrease interest in sexual relations
Difficulty reaching an orgasm
Decreased sensation in your pelvic area
Low back pain
Leg pain
Numbness under the soles of your feet
Keeping your knees bent at night
Low back pain, leg pain, or urinary symptoms while walking up stairs
History of severe growing pains during childhood and adolescence

Ehlers-Danlos (EDS) Symptoms:
Joint hypermobility
Loose/unstable joints prone to frequent dislocations and/or subluxations
Joint pain
Hyperextensible joints (movement beyond normal range)
Early onset of osteoarthritis
Soft velvet like skin
Skin hyper-extensibility
Fragile skin that tears or bruises easily
Severe scarring
Slow and poor wound healing
Molluscoid pseudo tumors

Less Common EDS symptoms include:
Early onset of chronic/debilitating musculoskeletal pain
Arterial/intestinal/uterine fragility or rupture
Scoliosis at birth and scleral fragility
Poor muscle tone
Mitral valve prolapse
Gum disease
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