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FAQs - Ataxia

Last Updated on Jul 29, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctors treat ataxia?

A neurologist treats ataxia. Other specialists may also be involved in the treatment depending on the cause.
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2. Can a patient with ataxia recover completely?

Recovery depends on the cause of ataxia. If the cause can be completely treated for example, in the case of low thyroid hormone levels or some tumours, then the person can recover completely from the ataxia.

3. Is vertigo and ataxia the same?

No. Vertigo is a feeling that either one’s body or the environment is spinning whereas ataxia is a condition where the patient mainly lacks coordination. Vertigo occurs when the inner ear or its associated structures are affected.

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kenny66

CAN CEREBELLAR ATAXIA BE AGGRAVATED BY ANY KIND OF ACTIVITY? ALSO, IS THIS DISORDER PART OF THE PARKINSON DISEASE FAMILY?>=

Willowkitty

I cannot walk a straight line. It was so bad Sunday that I went to the hospital to see if I had a stroke. No stroke, no MS, taking meds for heart attack back in December. Doctors don't know what is causing it. Very frustrated.

Imayavaramban

Last month, I got injured in my head due to road accident. I found some symptoms in me relevant to ataxia. What should i do next ?

Jimbo1789

I got ataxia from interferon shots. Collapsed one day, wound up in hospital for 2 weeks in a coma, had pneumonia, anemia requiring transfusion, dysphagia, dyskinesia and dysarthria, After 3 months of therapy speech is still affected and still cannot walk w/o qualified supervision. Are there any treatments available?

marnie65

For the last two months, I have had Bacteremia four times with E-Coli ESBL, and Proteus. I have been covered extensively with Gentamicin and Vancomycin. My Creatinine has been rising and is now 131. My GFR has been decreasing, which is now 38. As well, I have lost my sense of balance and I am experiencing a great deal of difficulty walking. Initially I thought this was due to severe anemia, HGB 88, with iron depletion. Now I wonder about ataxia from the aminoglycocides, and if this is the case, is it reversible?

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