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Suffer from chiari malformation. Headaches, blurred vision. Any advice?

I have chiari malformation type 1, been having really bad headaches blurred vision double vision but have notice that when I just as much as even touch my eyelid I cannot see for 5 mins with it so blurry, my neuro said they do not think my chiari will be causing all of my symptoms, but may be causing some, im not so sure, but the vision is making me frightened also racing heart makes me frightened too
Asked On : Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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Hope you are doing good. Many people with a type 1 Chiari malformation will not have any symptoms, or they do not develop symptoms until later in life.

When symptoms do develop, they may include=

1)headaches, usually at the back of the head – these are brought on, or made worse by, exercise, straining, laughing or bending over
2) neck pain
3) dizziness and balance problems
4) numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
5) blurred vision and involuntary movement of the eyes (nystagmus)
6) swallowing problems
7) hearing loss and tinnitus
8) feeling sick and vomiting
9) insomnia
10) depression
The problem you have mentioned are from the symptoms of Chiari Malformation. You need to re-visit your Neurologist to re-assess you.The symptoms caused by a type 1 Chiari malformation can usually be managed with medication. For example, painkillers can help relieve any headaches and neck pain.

You may need decompression surgery to reduce the pressure at the base of your brain. The surgeon will make an incision at the back of your head and remove a small piece of bone from the base of your skull. This will widen the space in the foramen magnum (opening to the skull). They may also remove a small piece of bone from the top of your spine, to relieve the pressure on your brain and allow CSF to flow normally.
I hope have answered your query , feel free to ask if you have any query
wish you good health. Regards
Answered: Thu, 1 Aug 2013
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