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Could it be something bad if I have ataxia?

Could it be something bad if I have ataxia?

Depends: It's never normal to have ataxia. There are many causes including alcohol abuse, stroke, tumor, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, genetic problems... Treatment depends on the cause. If you have ataxia, you need to see your doctor very soon to have it evaluated. Don't play around when it comes to the nervous system. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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Ataxia (Definition)

Ataxia means movements without coordination. People with ataxia have incoordination because the parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are not working properly. Ataxia can be associated with infections, injuries, or degenerative changes in the central nervous system. Ataxias may be hereditary ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of friedreich's ataxia?

What are the symptoms of friedreich's ataxia?

Ataxia: The first symptom to appear is usually difficulty walking. The ataxia gradually worsens and slowly spreads to the arms and the trunk. There is often loss of sensation in the extremities, which may spread to other parts of the body. Slowness and slurring of speech develops and can get progressively worse. Many people with later stages of friedreich’s ataxia develop hearing and vision loss. ...Read more

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What is friedrichs ataxia?

Hereditary ataxia: An autosomal dominant disorder causing mitochondrial dysfunction and worsening due to oxidative stress. Spinal disorder usually presenting at a young age, with ataxia, dysarthria, leg weakness, numbness, pes cavus, scoliosis, and cardiomyopathy. Genetic testing for frataxin is confirmatory. There is a variation of ataxia with vitamin E deficiency which is similar, but responds to vit e. ...Read more

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What are the signs of cerebeller ataxia?

What are the signs of cerebeller ataxia?

Symptoms of ataxia: Ataxia symptoms are normally trouble walking, trouble talking or swallowing. When people with ataxia walk, they may walk with their feet apart to prevent falling. They may also have clumsiness when reaching for objects or holding a glass of water for example. ...Read more

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Is a cure for ataxia close to discovery yet?

Complex: Ataxia is a sign of brainstem cerebellar dysfunction and is not a disease. It is caused by several problems, including strokes, multiple sclerosis, brain hemorrhages, metabolic disorders, etc. Some of the problems can be reversed like b-12 deficiency, or use of thiamine, but most still elude cure. ...Read more

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What illnesses cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Some answers: Illnesses that affect the cerebellum and corticospinal tract, or the dorsal columns and corticospinal tract can cause these findings.

Stroke is probably the most common, MS is also a possible explanation, there are also others (trauma, infection, neoplastic disease, etc.) ...Read more

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What illnesses can cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

What illnesses can cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Here are a few: May see with spinocerebellar degenerations, such a freidrich's ataxia, not unique to find in multiple sclerosis, might see with von hippel lindau syndrome, sometimes occurs with lupus, vasculitis, sjogren's. Occasionally a meningioma at the base of brain can present this way. Some brainstem strokes do this. Might go to wikepedia, or a site such as mayo clinic, as more information in depth there. ...Read more

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What's the difference between asynergia and ataxia?

What's the difference between asynergia and ataxia?

Ataxia includes it: Ataxia is a disturbance in the smooth performance of voluntary motor acts. Asynergia is the lack of synergy of the various muscle components or in other words the decomposition of movement. Ataxia includes other abnormalities of voluntary movement control such as asynergia. ...Read more

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What are the illnesses that cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

What are the illnesses that cause ataxia and hyperreflexia?

Many: A variety of white matter diseases such as leukodystrophies, degenerative spinocerebellar degenerations, carcinomatous meningitis, tumors and bleeding into cerebellum, multiple sclerosis, arteritis, and vasculitis, structural disorders, at base of brain and foramen magnum. ...Read more

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What are the most common causes of ataxia and hyperreflexia?

The brain: Hyperreflexia is increased reflexes. This is an "upper motor neuron" issue, and comes from diseases of the brain such as multiple sclerosis or a stroke. Cervical spine stenois (tightness) can also cause this bilaterally.

Ataxia is incoordination of motor movements. Most commonly this occurs from disease of the cerebellum. These can be acquired (toxins, low b12) and genetic. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between ataxia and dyskinesia?

Ataxia/dyskinesia: Ataxia is a lack of voluntary coordinated muscle movements due to dysfunction of the cerebellum in the brain. In contrast, dyskinesia is defined as involuntary muscle movements from medications (e.g. anti-psychotic drugs) or degeneration of neurons in the brain stem (e.g. Parkinson's disease. ...Read more

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How to describe someone with fredrich ataxia, beside they always shake?

How to describe someone with fredrich ataxia, beside they always shake?

FA symptoms: A person with scanning speech, unsteady gait that is getting worse, frequent falls, probably diabetic or in need of such evaluation; may be hard of hearing and with high arches. Condition having started before age 25 years. He or she may have been told of an abnormal electrocardiogram also. ...Read more

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Q. How many times is it safe to masburate during friedreich's ataxia (in one day)??

Q. How many times is it safe to masburate during friedreich's ataxia (in one day)??

No relation: There is no relation with respect to fried ricks ataxia and how many times that is safe to masturbate. ...Read more

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How could you get 13 y old who is diagnosed with friedreichs ataxia to feel good about himself?

How could you get 13 y old who is diagnosed with friedreichs ataxia to feel good about himself?

Counseling: The child must be made to understand that gait disturbance (& other associated symptoms if any) do not define his value as a person. This is a difficult time in any person's life, even if perfectly healthy. Supportive home environment from family & close friends. Psychologic counseling is almost certainly needed & possibly antidepressants. ...Read more

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What is friedreich ataxia?

What is friedreich ataxia?

Friedrich's ataxia: FA is a condition that causes weakness, scoliosis, ataxia, visual impairment, heart disease and diabetes mellitus. It is an inherited condition that normally affects people as a child or as a young adult.

http://www. Curefa. Org/whatis. Html ...Read more

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What's treatment for ataxia?

Ataxia: Treatment can only be determined when the diagnosis is established and the cause is determined. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for friedreich's ataxia?

What is the treatment for friedreich's ataxia?

Frederick's ataxia: Idebenone is medicine approved in canada, none in usa. Other tx include surgical placement of metal rod in spine, treating heart complications ex. Digoxin, physical therapy, occupational therapy. ...Read more

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Are there any treatments for machado-joseph ataxia?

Yes: Consult a neuro physician to discuss your problem and treatment options. ...Read more

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What is ataxia?

Ataxia: This is a neurological sign consisting of lack of voluntary coordination of muscle movements. Usually implies problems with the cerebellum. ...Read more

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How do people cope with ataxia?

A few tricks: Ataxia, or incoordination and gait imbalance, may be associated with acquired or inherited disease. A good physical therapist could provide gait training, and an occupational therapist could benefit arm incoordination. Canadian crutches, walkers, braces and splints may benefit. Wrist and ankle weights can stabilize. Rarely Buspirone might help. ...Read more

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With what meds do you treat ataxia?

With what meds do you treat ataxia?

Ataxia: Ataxia is usually caused by a neurodegenerative condition such as from acute and chronic alcoholism, a number of hereditary degenerative disease, a stroke or bleeding, particularly in the hind part of the brain (cerebellum), or sometimes by dysfunction of the vestibular nerve that controls balance. There no specific medications to treat this symptom. The cause has to be treated or go away. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have ataxia?

What does it mean if I have ataxia?

Ataxia: The word ataxia means without coordination. People with ataxia have problems with coordination because parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are affected. Ataxia may affect the fingers, hands, arms, legs, body, speech, and eye movements. ...Read more

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How do you treat a child with ataxia?

How do you treat a child with ataxia?

Seriously: Ataxia suggests that there is a serious problem in the cerebellum, part of the brain. It needs neurological investigation. Sometimes there is a biochemical reason involving energy metabolism and this should be considered if neurologica studies do not find a reason such as a tumor. ...Read more

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Does anyone know possible ataxia symptoms?

Does anyone know possible ataxia symptoms?

Ataxia: Typically balance and coordination are affected first. Incoordination of hands, arms, and legs, and slurring of speech are other common symptoms. Walking becomes difficult and is characterized by walking with feet placed further apart to compensate for poor balance. Impaired coordination of the arms and hands affect a person's ability to perform tasks requiring fine motor control such as writing. ...Read more

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What different types of ataxia are out there?

Complicated: Motor incoordination can affect any aspect of motion, gait, speech, etc. Yours is a complex question but basically there are many different types of hereditary ataxias, then there are other types that are related to injury, illness, or things like stroke/ms. Those are technically called secondary types. Visit www. Ataxia. Org. ...Read more

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How do people live if they have friedreich's ataxia?

Making adjustments: Although progressive, this condition is usually only slowly progressive. This allows sufferers to learn tricks to adapt themselves, alter their environments, educate their friends & families about what to expect & how to assist them. Balance and lower extremity weakness are the main issues which can be compensated. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Loss Of Coordination (Definition)

Loss of coordination is a symptom in which some parts of a person's body should but do not work together in a coordinated way. One example is when several muscles move in an uncoordinated manner, ...Read more


Dr. Katharine Cox
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Trouble Walking (Definition)

The inability to ambulate in a normal manner. This gait disturbance can be due to a host of reasons to include, but not limited to, orthopedic, ...Read more


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