Symptoms of Ataxia



Balance and reduced coordination of arms, legs, gait and slurred speech are often initial signs of ataxia; but it should be noted that symptoms vary, even within the same family and within the same types.

These indications are often progressive but not always. If it does progress, this will vary between individuals and types, but progression will usually be slow.

Some signs are apparent in childhood; with others, onset may occur later in life.

Ataxia can also BE a symptom of other medical conditions, such as MS, alcoholism, stroke, head injury, infections, etc.

Additional indications of cerebellar ataxia may also include:

**Tremors and lack of coordination in the hands

**Poor handwriting

**Eye problems (nystagmus, or double vision)

**Problems with speech (dysarthris, slurred speech)

**Problems with swallowing (dysphagia)

**Hearing problems

**Respirtory difficulty

**Cardiac problems

The above is not meant to be exhaustive but informative; nor will everyone necessarily experience all or even many; and severity will be different from individual to individual, from very mild to more severe, ie, from mild balance problems to the need of a wheelchair.

Other indications experienced may also include fatigue, depression, fear, anxiety and others, which may or not be related. You need to inform your treatment team of everything.

Stress, sudden movements, being startled, as well as anxiety and fatigue can trigger and/or exacerbate symptomatic attacks, increasing intensity and duration.



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