Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome (MALS)

On this blog I want to talk about a diagnosis I received back in 2018. The diagnosis is MALS, Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome. It was found because I had been having symptoms of nausea, easily vomiting, pain when eating, palpitations and chest pain.

MALS occurs when the median arcuate ligament sits lower than usual and presses on the artery that delivers blood to the stomach, liver and other organs in the belly. Originally, I was told that MALS is a condition you are born with but now there is some evidence it can be caused by injury as well. There are a few Western Medicine interventions such as celiac block and surgery on the ligament; however, many times the interventions cause more issues than they solve.

At the point in writing this blog not much has changed because I have chosen not to pursue any surgical interventions. I am however continuing to use acupuncture, exercises and dietary interventions to help relieve the symptoms. I do not have the answers to dealing with this unique syndrome, but I am learning and will continue to research and keep you posted.