Ataxia Treatment

There is currently no effective cure for most types of cerebellar ataxia; the goal, therefore, will be to identify and address any underlying cause found that is itself treatable; and also to improve your quality of life.

If the cause is infection, for instance, chicken pox, it will address the infection.

If vitamin deficiencies, such as CoQ10, for instance, are found to cause lack of coordination, supplements may be given; sensitivity to gluten (wheat, rye, barley) may be addressed via specialized diet.

In the absence of cures themselves, symptoms can be addressed. There are medicatons for tremors, abnormal eye movements, bladder problems, muscle spasms, and depression, for example.

Care may come from physical, speech, and occupational therapists, as well as neurologists, surgeons, urologists, internists, opthamologists, genetic specialists and possibly others.

Exercises like swimming, walking and fine moror exercises can be helpful to maintain and prevent loss of strength and improve coordination.

Remember, treatment will be directed at ataxia's underlying causes; and you are the primary figure responsible for your care.

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