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Hello everyone. Looking for some insight here. I am not the typical Chiari 1 patient, as far as I can tell. I am 48, and just recently was diagnosed. On top of the Chiari I also suffer from limited mobility in my neck, from scarring.
Looking back, I have had some symptoms of Chiari for about 2 years now mainly, vision, fatigue, and headaches, I assumed it was just stress, but it was not until recently when I took a job in a factor, when symptoms got worse. I collapsed twice while on the job. So now I am currently on sick leave till September.
I have had 2 MRIs and a CT scan. I have 5mm cerebral ectopia and a binine tumor. Yes sometimes I have wondered if I have rocks for brains, this just confirmed it.
My symptoms are aggravated by physical activity. I am carefull not to lift any thing too heavy. I find it very difficult sometime to walk on hard floors. I've been haveing to use the motorized carts at the grocery, and now I constantly see flashing spots in my vision.
Currently my neurologist has me seeing a physical therapist and a massage therapist. I have been going now for about a month and I am getting stronger, but I am not sure better. The therapy has been concentrating on my neck, arms, and back. Unfortunately my back is now hurting, and I am still having fitigue and dizziness symptoms, which has me doubting PT.
Sorry this is getting long winded. I guess my question is. Does anyone here else have experience with physical therapy as a treatment and does it help. Thank You, and please forgive my awful spelling.
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