Arnold-Chiari Malformation Support Group

Arnold-Chiari malformation, sometimes referred to as 'Chiari malformation' or ACM, is a congenital anomaly of the brain. Arnold-Chiari Malformation II occurs in almost all children born with both spina bifida and hydrocephalus, but ACM I is typically seen in children and adults without spina bifida.

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Hi - I found out two years ago that I have chiari malformation.  I had no symptoms until I was pregnant with my daughter at age 40.  After an MRI showing that I had chiari, I decided to lose weight.  My symptoms (the intense pressure headaches where my head feels like it is going to explode after I would cough) seemed to go away completely after losing baby weight.  Unfortunately, I gained it back (I'm a special ed teacher - lots of stress eating and red wine) and the symptoms have returned.


Just wondering if anyone else has had that experience?  Where weight gain had any affect on symptoms?