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Doctor insights on: Spinocerebral Ataxia

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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. Gregory Moneta
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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

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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. Jed Kwartler
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Balance Problems (Definition)

Balance problems is a symptom in which a person has trouble staying in a steady position when sitting, ...Read more