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Evaluation: The essential task is searching for a treatable cause with your neurologist. The differential diagnosis of ataxia is long--be detailed ; thorough with notes re. Other symptoms. Meanwhile, supportive rx = physical ; occupational therapy, adaptive medical equipment (ex. Shower grab bar, walker). We don't have cures for most hereditary ataxias, but work closely with your neurologist. Good luck! ...Read more
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
Can a person have gluten ataxia with a negative IgA antibody and a negative villa biopsy? No sign of cerebellum damage but has cervical vertigo?
I was having some off balance problems. Had CT of top of head no contrast. Not of cerebellum. Ct scan was clear. Should I get one of cerebellum?
Not neccessarily: A Head CT usually shows your cerebellum also. Your sinus problems may be the source of the balance issues. A Head MRI shows the cerebellum in more detail but it's unlikely your Head CT missed something major in your cerebellum. Your Head CT can also be repeated with contrast. ...Read more
Can a very small old infarct in white matter change to cerebellum cause balance problems, dizziness, perception problems, weak legs forgetfulness?
No: your symptpoms does not seem to be related to the small old infarct in the cerebellum. You need to see your physician and get evaluated. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Yes: Just don't attempt while driving or in public ...Read more
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
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
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
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
I woke up Saturday with symptoms of ataxia is this an emergency?I have spinal problems this has occurred twice before can last a few hrs to a few days
Worth evaluation: Consult your primary care or a neurologist. This may be a symptom of a more serious problem. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more