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Effingham, IL
A 27-year-old male asked:

Are slurred speech, hyper salivation, and night time cramping signs of ataxia?

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Dr. Adam Chandler
Neuroradiology 19 years experience
No: However, they mat be signs of a significant systemic illness and you should see your physician.

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Effingham, IL
A 27-year-old male asked:

Is severe night time cramping a symptom of ataxia?

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Dr. Jefferson Chen
Neurosurgery 34 years experience
Usually not: Ataxia refers to a dyscoordination where a person has trouble with gait, balance, fine motor activity. Nocturnal cramping, particularly of the legs, is usually due to an electrolyte imbalance such as low potassium. When one runs, it depletes the potassium stores in the leg muscles. That is why many runners use the gatorade type drinks to replenish their electrolytes.

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Last updated Mar 4, 2014

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