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aching arms and legs

Hi All,

I have a 17mm herniation that seems to have enough room to not cause significant symptoms, and so far, I have been lucky!  Lately, though, I have been getting an ache in my shoulders, arms and legs (a mild ache) sometimes, and I wonder if this is from the Chiari Malformation. I also have fullness and ringing in my ears (mostly the right ear) and occasional pressure headaches, but not Chiari headaches.

I just had a second MRI done of my c-sprine to check for a sprinx and it came back negative.  I don't believe they went any lower than the c-spine -- I can only trust they know what they are doing.  I have no hydrocephalus.  
My cervical spine shows mild to moderate disc degeneration, some austioarthritis and mild buldging discs.  My GP and Neurologist say these are very normal findings for my age (50) and that it would not be producing symptoms.

It seems that most of these doctors can't really say for sure as they are not Chiari specialists, and they really don't know the details of this rare disorder. I get so many vague answers that I am just feeling tired of trying to find answers at all!

If anyone can tell me where this pain originates from, I would greatly appreciate it!  

Thanks, Heather

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