Neurology Community
Chiari and competitive running
About This Community:

This forum is for questions and support regarding neurology issues such as: Alzheimer's Disease, ALS, Autism, Brain Cancer, Cerebral Palsy, Chronic Pain, Epilepsy, Headaches, MS, Neuralgia, Neuropathy, Parkinson's Disease, RSD, Sleep Disorders, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Chiari and competitive running

I am a nationally ranked Masters runner (42 yr. old female) recently diagnosed via MRI with Chiari I -5mm. My question is regarding the safety of continued competitive running. My most bothersome symptom is exertionally induced headaches with are alway accompanied by Photopsia. This occurs when my effort level increases and I begin to feel the headache/pressure build up and then comes the flashing lights in my peripheral vision. Common sense says to stop/slow down however is there any danger in continuing the running effort when the symptoms occur?
I am scheduled to see a Neurologist specializing in Chiari in a month, however, I am concerned whether or not streneous activity at the level I compete is dangerous and if I should hang up my racing shoes for now.
Related Discussions
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Hi,

I'm a runner too, but nowhere near your eliteness.  :-)

My daughter has just been diagnosed with Chiari, and we're getting on a plane today to see a specialist in LA.  Please be careful in  what specialist you choose!  We've been going through this for a long time, and people who claim to be specialists are often not.

There are some great websites out there with lists of specialists.  ChiariOneInternational is a good place to start.  Yahoo groups has a Chiari support forum, and the people there know alot of good specialists too.

Its been noted that Chiari pain can be  worse upon exertion.  My daughter is only three, so she can't articulate when her pain is worse.  I can only guess.  She does tell me when her head or eyes hurt.  Yesterday she was crying and begging me to "turn off the lights".  There were no lights on, so I can only guess she was either being ultra sensitve to light, or she was seeing flashing lights.

Good luck!
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
p.s.: as far as your running goes, I can imagine that it would be hard for you to "hang up your running shoes"!  I think a specialist might tell you to stop.  I think you should experiment and find out at which  level your pain decreases.

BTW, if your specialist tells you to see a psychiatrist, run the other way and find a good one!
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I have a 5mm Chiari 1 as well.  They told me it would not cause any of my numerous neuro symptoms and was nothing to worry about.  5 mm is very mild and I was told it was considered a variant of normal.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Neurology Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Neurology Answerers
620923_tn?1405964489
Blank
selmaS
Allentown, PA
144586_tn?1284669764
Blank
caregiver222
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Ball123
1689801_tn?1333986916
Blank
Dagun
Iceland
352007_tn?1372861481
Blank
LisaJF
1780921_tn?1384615710
Blank
flipper336
Chandler, AZ