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Doctor insights on: Friedreichs Ataxia In Children

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It has been difficult finding a doctor who understands this condition and wants to help treat it. If you could help me, I would appreciate it......?

It has been difficult finding a doctor who understands this condition and wants to help treat it. If you could help me, I would appreciate it......?

You need to see a doctor.: Undoubtedly, you have experienced a lot of stress in the recent past and presently have a child to care for, which does not help. Not withstanding the possibility of a PTSD / anxiety related disorder, my recommendation is that you see any physician in your vicinity. Family Med, Internal Med, Neurologist, ENT, etc. You begin by telling them of your current poor balance, loss of coordination, dizziness and extremity numbness only. This warrants an MRI of the head. You need a physical exam and some bloodwork done. Based on your evaluation and the test results, that physician will direct you to the necessary specialist if it is indeed warranted. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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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How do people live if they have friedreich's ataxia?

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?

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

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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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 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 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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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 sort of disorder is friedreich ataxia?

What sort of disorder is friedreich ataxia?

Friedrich's ataxia: FA is an inherited disorder that affects strength and coordination, among other things, and often interferes with walking.

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What treatment is best for friedreichs ataxia?

Prevention: Fa is the most common hereditary ataxia. It is due in most to trinucleotide repeat expansions in the first intron of the frataxin gene resulting in a deficiency of the protein.Treament is symptomatic of the many associated complications. Molecular analysis is essential to prevent its occurrence in subsequent generations. ...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?

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?

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 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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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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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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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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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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Is it typical for someone with friedreich's ataxia to have memory loss?

No: Friedreich's ataxia is an autosomal recessive inherited disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system, resulting in symptoms ranging from gait disturbance to speech problems; it can also lead to heart disease and diabetes, but does not affect thinking ability.
En. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/friedreich%27s_ataxia

www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/friedreichs_ataxia/detail... ...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

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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. Corey Clay
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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