Physical activities

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Hey guys,

So I have Chiari Malformation type 1. My symptoms are pretty under control but I do have some co-ordination problems. I am also really clumsy.

I wanted to go bouldering or rock climbing. Does anyone on here do it? I used to when I was younger but haven't since being diagnosed. Just wondering is it safe??

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    Personally, if you feel your body can handle it, then why not? I was diagnosed with Chiari at the end of 2016, I have yet to have surgery. I do have symptoms that come and go, but I don't let it take control of my life. Just last weekend I went to a huge water park and rode plenty of rides, I will admit I was hurting a little the next day but hey maybe it's because I'm getting older too lol. If anything rain hurts me more then physical activity. Those headaches are no joke. The only thing that might concern me with rock climbing (if it was me) is constantly having to look up, I wonder if my neck would start to hurt. I do get neck pains quite often.. if you don't, then it doesn't hurt to try it?

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    Hi Scarlett,

    I haven't tried bouldering or rock climbing, but i think it's cool that you want to! I feel that since having Chiari, i've sub-consciously tried to limit my activities or things that i previously enjoyed. Having spoken to my doctor about this, he simply said that I just need to listen to my body and if it feels right - then do it. Obviously take pre-cautions such as maybe having someone with you? taking it very slow, staying hydrated and wearing plenty of protective equipment! I know it sounds like silly and obvious stuff but I don't think you should stop doing things you enjoy because of Chiari.. mental health is equally (if not more sometimes) important and I think you'll find that doing these particular activities will make you feel better anyway which is a great thing in my mind smile

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