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    What are the symptoms of Arnold-Chiari malformation?

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  • Helen Potter

    Physiotherapist

    As a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, with extensive experience and highly advanced qualifications, as well as excellent communication skills, I can help you to: Become informed … View Profile

    If you are considering you, may have this condition then please see your doctor. While the anatomical defect may have been there since pre birth if you are now suffering symptoms you do need to be checked.
     
    There are many causes of headache but if yours comes on with coughing, sneezing, orgasm or straining at the toilet the diagnosis may be considered.
     
    In general neck pain, balance problems, muscle weakness, numbness or other abnormal feelings in the arms or legs, dizziness, vision problems, difficulty swallowing, ringing or buzzing in the ears, hearing loss, vomiting, insomnia, depression, or headache made worse by coughing or straining.


    If you are considering you, may have this condition then please see your doctor. While the anatomical defect may have been there since pre birth if you are now suffering symptoms you do need to be checked.
     
    There are many causes of headache but if yours comes on with coughing, sneezing, orgasm or straining at the toilet the diagnosis of Chiari Malformation may be considered adn checked with a brain/neck  MRI.
     
    In general neck pain, balance problems, muscle weakness, numbness or other abnormal feelings in the arms or legs, dizziness, vision problems, difficulty swallowing, ringing or buzzing in the ears, hearing loss, vomiting, insomnia, depression, or headache made worse by coughing or straining are all relevant but may be symptoms of other disorders
    Helen Potter FACP
    Specialist Physiotherapist
    In Touch Physiotherapy Subiaco

  • Helen Potter

    Physiotherapist

    As a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, with extensive experience and highly advanced qualifications, as well as excellent communication skills, I can help you to: Become informed … View Profile

    see http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/chiari/detail_chiari.htm
    for more details
    Helen Potter

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