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i got told it seems i have Ataxia. i looked at the symptoms and i fit Cerebellar Ataxia. i had a "special" birth and we were told i may have Cerebral Palsy. i never developed it. so i went to a hand therapist for a injury and she said she suspected i had Ataxia. i fit all the symptoms but it says its a symptom i.e. it has a underlying cause.

what are some underlying causes for ataxia, i mean what are some diseases that have Ataxia?

tx for answering

my CT scans all came out normal.. i've had "ataxia" like symptoms for... hmmm i really don't know... i've never been confronted about it before...
except i had calcafications (scar tissue) in my brain..... they said it wouldn't be anything significant but do you think it could?
the scar tissue appeared in the CT scan

Cerebellar ataxia
The term cerebellar ataxia is employed to indicate ataxia due to dysfunction of the cerebellum. This causes a variety of elementary neurological deficits. How and where these abnormalities manifest depend on which cerebellar structures are lesioned, and whether the lesion is bilateral or unilateral. Vestibulo-cerebellar dysfunction presents with postural instability, in which the person tends to separate the feet on standing to gain a wider base, and avoid oscillations (especially posterior-anterior ones); instability is therefore worsened when standing with the feet together (irrespective of whether the eyes are open or closed: this is a negative Romberg's test). Spino-cerebellar dysfunction presents with a wide-based "drunken sailor" gait, characterised by uncertain start and stop, lateral deviations, and unequal steps. Cerebro-cerebellar dysfunction presents with disturbances in carrying out voluntary movements, including intention tremor (coarse trembling, accentuated over the execution of voluntary movements, possibly involving the head and eyes as well as the limbs and torso), peculiar writing abnormalities (large, unequal letters, irregular underlining), and a peculiar pattern of dysarthria (slurred speech, sometimes characterised by explosive variations in voice intensity despite a regular rhythm).
My question to you would be are you seeing a neurologist? Because that is the specialist whom should be treating this for you. But personally I would be more concerned with the calcifications on the CT. A CT that shows calcifications of the brain is NOT normal and don’t let anyone tell you it is. Find out where they are what areas of the body are they going to affect. Then at least you will have an idea of what to expect in the future as calcifications don’t go away. Although you have the ataxia now, find out if there is possible more symptoms that could manifest in the future.
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How many types of Spinocerebellar Ataxia are there?

How many types of Spinocerebellar Ataxia are there and which one is the worst type which can never be cured? Because my friend's brother got in a car accident and he broke his spine and now his leg is paralyzed and the doctor said he got this disease and its the worst of its kind and can never be cured. Please also tell me what type that is please.

There are about 30 know SCA's plus a few still unknown. That's not counting the other types of dominant and recessive hereditary ataxia's. In all it comes to more or less 100 types.

My name is Michel Beaudet, I'm 46, have FA and live in Quebec, Canada.
I'm sending this message to invite people on this list to also join
another list for those with ataxia. The list is called Internaf and
there's also a website full of info at http://internaf.org

International Network of Ataxia Friends is a mailing list for ataxia
patients and family which serves as a support group and information
exchange vehicle. There are currently over 650 subscribers from more
than 40 countries worldwide.
Subscriptions to INTERNAF is free.
For info on how to subscribe, go see, http://internaf.org/network/services.html or
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ps: Don't hesitate to email me if you have questions about internaf
Michel Beaudet
[email protected]
Internaf - INTERnational Network of Ataxia Friends
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Does anyone have any information about reoccurring cerebellar ataxia in a child ?

My daughter was diagnosted with this when she was 3 now she is 9 and has it again. The ataxia has followed a viral infection both times. Her gait is unsteady with no other real symptoms.MRI has come back fine both times. The unsteady gait lasted almost a month last time. We don't know what else to do for her.

ok. it will be long
In cases where it was produced as result of any viral infection (like chicken pox) it will resolve on its own\
In cases where the ataxia is caused by other conditions, like scleriosis or cerebral palsy, it might not be treatable.
but to improve the coordination in both cases there is physical therapy (if experiencing problem with walking) speech therapy (for speech problem) etc.  (+ info)

Is there a support group for people with Spinocerebellar Ataxia?

I used to belong to a support group for people with spinocerebellar Ataxia but I bought a new desktop and I lost all my contents in my folders; I'd like to get back in the group but I can't find it. It's been a year since I quit posting.

I don't know if these would be helpful for you, but I will provide some links.

www.experienceproject.com/...Spinocerebellar-Ataxia.../91756  (+ info)

Does anyone know where I can get a complete list of possible Ataxia symptoms?

I have Ataxia and have begun biting my tongue alot lately. Just wondering if it yet another sympton. A link would be appreciated.

Symptoms of Ataxia

Balance problems and unsteadiness are the most common early symptoms of ataxia, and these usually progress over time until walking becomes so difficult that a wheelchair may become necessary for ambulation. Coordination is affected with shakiness and increased difficulty maneuvering movements of the arms and legs. Seemingly simple tasks such as holding a glass of water or a cup of coffee may become more and more difficult. Speech becomes thick or slurred, and there may be swallowing difficulties. There are often other disorders that affect those with ataxia, such as heart disease, diabetes, loss of hearing, spinal curvature abnormalities, and high-arched feet. Although these disorders are possible in those with ataxia, they are not seen in everyone affected.

http://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/genetics_center/louisiana/article_ataxia2.htm  (+ info)

How does Spinocerebellar Ataxia affect the other organ systems?

I'm doing a disease project and I'm a bit lost. I'm searching for all the organ systems that SCA would affect and what it does to each system. I've got nervous and muscle-- if im wrong, please correct me. Are there any other systems that are affected?

Ataxia with Identified Genetic and Biochemical Defects
Last Updated: January 19, 2007 Email to a Colleague

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What are the different types of ataxia?

I am aware Friedrich's ataxia is one of them, but, what are the other types?

Because on wikipedia, it classifies ataxia into 3 groups but I believe these are functional classifications not types of ataxia? Thanks.

So would the 6 types ataxia be:-

Ataxia tenglectisa

Thanks very much :)

I found myself w/ cerebellar ataxia a few years back. I'd quit taking drugs cold turkey AND I went through post traumatic stress disorder.

Keep in mind Alarming Accent Ataxia, which usually is what happens in PTSD episodes.  (+ info)

Any history of patients diagnosed with Spinocerebellar ataxia recovered?

Is there any history of patients diagnosed with Spinocerebellar ataxia ever recovered?

no there is no one who can recovered from spinocerebellar ataxia there is no cure  (+ info)

What are the symptoms for Spinocerebellar Degeneration/ataxia?

I read wiki,and they made it too complicated to understand for me.
(Please don't leave insults about me not understanding if you do.)
Can someone basic out what the symptoms are?

Affected individuals initially develop poor coordination of movement, which is the definition of ataxia. Developing poor movement coordination in patients is manifested clinically by difficulty in walking, abnormalities in hand or eye movements, and speech difficulties. Generally, the age of onset is usually after 18 years old, making it typically an adult-onset disorder. The severity of progressive degeneration depends primarily on the underlying defect

Visit http://www.answers.com/topic/spinocerebellar-ataxia  (+ info)

How to handle having the disease Ataxia plus seizures ?

Ataxia It is a disease that attacks the nerves that can cause lose in balance ,holding things , Tremers and muscle stifness,and evently cause to be in a wheel chair.wich dont help having sesizers on top of it.It takes away the things you use to do such as working on cars ,going to amusment park rides with your kid .thiers days you can have good days and bad days worst is winter time body stiffness expessilly in the legs you have to rely on a cain.

i am sorry to hear about your sickness. i have seizures and they are no fun. i cant magine what it would be like to have Ataxia also my heart goes out to you  (+ info)

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