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This may be a long post, I apologize. My symptoms started the first part of June with sharp stabbing pains in the back of my head. Sometimes they felt like the were shooting through my head. They lasted only a second. And sometimes I would get a posterior headache that would come and go, but not that severe. Didn't think too much of it. Told myself I would make an appointment with my Dr.
Fast forward to the first week of July. I decided to exercise on my elliptical. Exercised for about 15 minutes. When I was done, I felt awful. Nausea, confusion, tinnitus, rapid heartbeat. Almost went to the ER. Symptoms went away after about an hour or so. Woke up the next morning felt fine. Started feeling ill at work. Same symptoms but with little activity. Went to the ER, everything was fine from all the tests. Started to feel better.
I'm not sure which symptoms started next. I think a couple fingers in my left hand started feeling numb/tingly. And I had neck pain for about 3 days. My face/scalp felt like something was crawling under my skin. Made an appointment with my Dr. He ordered an x-ray.He thought I had a pinched nerve. X-ray showed mild degenerative changes in cervical spine that weren't there the year prior. Ok. Didn't explain other symptoms like the ringing in my ears that has persisted since I exercised. He thought I had multiple issues at the same time.
Next came some tingling/numbess in my left foot. At this point I was very worried that I had something like MS. Anxiety went throught the roof and probably made the symptoms even worse. So, convinced I had something really wrong with me, I had him order an MRI. MRI showed mild stenosis in cervical spine. Finally, I thought I had an answer. He referred me to a NS who took one look at the MRI and said you're fine, you don't need surgery for the stenosis. He said it was very mild and didn't even recommend physical therapy because my symptoms were so mild.
Fearing the worst, I made an appointment with another NS just in case I needed a 2nd opinion. He also said my stenosis was very mild and weren't causing my symptoms, at least in my foot. But, he didn't mention the Chiari malformation. I said, what's that? He explained it, and since I have read tons about it. He said since my symptoms were mild we should keep an eye on it.
So here is my question. My symptoms haven't really worsened. I have no weakness. I have had new symptoms pop up like pain in the bottom of my foot when standing, and eyelid twitching which is driving me nuts. Recently I'm getting shooting pains in my teeth. Tinnitus is always there in some degree. Will my symptoms get worse, stay the same? I know some activity aggravates some of my symptoms like nausea and tinnitus. I don't have the classic headaches like most people to, which is why the 2nd NS maybe wasn't 100% sure if the CM was causing all of my symptoms. I do get the headaches, but they're not severe and I rarely need to take anything for them.
Again, sorry for the long post. Just wondering if anyone else has had similar symptoms, even mild symptoms, and if they progressively got worse or stayed the same. Thanks.
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