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What is ataxia?

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

Dr. James Krick
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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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How do people cope with ataxia?

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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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

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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 different types of ataxia are out there?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Friedreich's ataxia?

Friedreich's ataxia: Friedreich's ataxia = inherited disease that causes nervous system damage with possible symptoms of lack of coordination , abnl curvature of spine, heart disease & diabetes. ...Read more

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What kind of person is friedrich's ataxia most likely to affect?

Seek genetic counsel: The one whose parents are both carriers or the offspring of an affected individual (1 in 4 chance). ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can people live when they have friedreich's ataxia?

Although there is : currently no cure or effective treatment 4 Friedreich's ataxia, many of the symptoms & complications can B treated 2help individuals maintain optimal functioning as long as possible. Psychotherapy may also help the individual and their family cope with the disorder. Read more about it: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/friedreichs_ataxia/detail_friedreichs_ataxia.htm ...Read more

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Diagnosed with ataxia; wondering how can I find other people who have it and how it affects them?

This might depend: How to find a support group for a diagnosis of ataxia might require knowing why you have it. There are genetic reasons for ataxia and support groups for those diagnoses (like spinocerebellar disease). A place to start is www.Ataxia.Org as they will have options. If a different reason, ask your diagnosing doctor for assistance. ...Read more

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Friedreich's ataxia, can you tell me some more information about what this is and how it's treated?

Degerative dis: A variety of Spino cerebellar degeneration is named after the German specialist FREIDRICH It can be hereditary and can only be treated with rehab and physical therapy It starts around age 12 and progresses,though the rate of deterioration is varied ...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?

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

Dr. Walter Husar
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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. Ihab Ibrahim
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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