Symptoms

The following is a list that many people who have been diagnosed with ACM have reported to their doctors in searching for answers.

Obviously, every individual experiences ACM differently and it is possible to present with very few or all of the symptoms on this list. This list comprises the most common complaints Chiari patients share with their providers, but other symptoms may exist.

 

In addition, many of the symptoms cross over to other disorders. This is why we are often misdiagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, and other “Mystery” diagnoses.

 

The only way to tell for sure if A.C.M. Is present is by taking and MRI of the brain and or tracking the cerebral spinal flow of the patient.

 

_ Headache (esp. if daily or at lower back of head)
_ Painful tension in neck
_ Fatigue
_ Migraines
_ Dizziness
_ Visual disturbances / loss of vision / spots in vision / double vision / seeing spots or "halos" / nystagmus
_ Tingling / numbness in the extremities
_ General imbalance / clumsiness
_ Memory loss
_ Restricted movement
_ Intolerance to bright light / difficulty adjusting to light change
_ Vertigo from position change or sudden standing
_ Difficulty walking on uneven ground / feeling ground under feet
_ Poor / degraded motor skills
_ Difficulty driving
_ Difficulty negotiating steps
_ Pressure / pain in the neck
_ Pressure / pain behind the eyes (soreness in the eyeballs)
_ Back pain
_ Neck spasms
_ Insomnia
_ Ringing in ears (like the tone heard in a hearing test)
_ Swaying
_ Pain when changing position
_ Tingling / crawling feeling on scalp
_ Intolerance to loud / confusing sounds

_ Decreased sensation to touch in extremities
_ 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 / focusing on text
_ Depth perception problems
_ Burning sensation in extremities / 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
_ Sudden / abrupt changes in blood pressure due to awkward position of head
_ Hiccups associated with drinking carbonated beverages
_ Skin problems
Other: migraines, oscillopsia, lump in throat, colour blindness, albinism, visual floaters, astigmatism, thinning hair, hear heartbeat in ears, throat closes when lying flat, vomit in sleep, swollen face, low body temperature, low blood pressure, legs feel heavy, "strangling" feeling, "floating" sensation, thickening of finger joints.

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