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Mild Chiari Malformation
I was just recently diagnosed with a mild chiari malformation by my doctor. How quickly can a mild chiari malformation progress further or does it?
It wont: Chiai malformation is seen in 10 percent of patients. And in fact if you have only the mild type you might ask how many mm does your tonsils project below the foramen magnum. Some readers only call it a real aci if it projects 10 mm below. Some readers call it at 5mm. So you should ask your doctor. ...Read more
I was diagnosed with mild chiari malformation between 4-5mm. Can this be causing the headaches in the back of my head?
I was just diagnosed with mild chiari malformation I have neck pain migraines pressure in the lower part of the head and neck and pain in my shoulder. Does mild chiari progress from here?
No: Headaches are non-specific, not necessarily the result of chiari malformations, and can be managed with lifestyle and medical support. The malformation is not going to progress. Seek treatment for your neck and shoulder pain. Musculoskeletal pain is responsive to many approaches and therapies. A physiatrist is experienced in this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have frequent headaches in the back of my head. Was diagnosed with mild chiari malformation. My doctor says that the chiari is not the cause?
Chiari can cause HA: Richard, a Chiari malformation is a condition which is associated with a mild tendency toward "pinching" the cerebellum and brainstem in the back portion of the skull. Sometimes, if the "pinching" becomes more severe it can cause headaches by altering the flow of spinal fluid in and around the brain. A mild Chiari usually will not cause this, however. Consider asking to see a neurologist. ...Read more
At age 8 i was dx'd with panhypopituitarism, multiple pineal cysts, and a mild chiari malformation. Now, my doctor suspects I have endometriosis or pcos. Could all these conditions be related and how?
Brain malformation: Briana, a chiari malformation is a downward congenital (from birth) displacement of the lowermost part of the a part of the brain (the cerebellum) through the opening in the base of the skull. Several types with no symptoms to multiple symptoms such as neck pain, headaches, dizziness, loss of balance, numbness of limbs. May be associated with other structural changes in the spinal cord or brain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See an expert: A surgical resident i know had a chiari malformation - went to a specialist - had it repaired and now works 80 hours/week with no disability. Obviously, these malformations vary from person to person, but make sure that you are seen by an expert. He was misdiagnosed and almost gave up his dream of a surgical career. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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