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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I was told by a neurologist yesterday I may have hereditary type of ataxia due to shrinking of cerebellum and will have special ct scan for that in late May. I am very afraid as it sounds so serious. I was told by the neurologist who referred me that I probably had myasthenia gravis. I guess the two conditions have similar symptoms so I must wait til June to find out what I have when the test results come in.
I also have muscle weakness and shortness of breath after walking or standing. After standing or walking too much I can lie down and rest and feel ok again but then when I get up and try to walk to the bathroom my joints hurt so much I can hardly turn over in bed.
What causes my joints to hurt so much after walking and then lying down for a while? The drs don't seem to address that, they just ask lots of other questions.
Thanks for your help
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
Let me read that you have typed.
User :   ok
Doctor :  
Since when do you have the joint pains?
User :   Several years
User :   Am I being charged by the minute? I can't afford more than nine dollars
Doctor :  
Neither myaesthenia gravis nor ataxia present with joint pains.
Doctor :  
May I know your age and gender?
User :   I am female, age 59. Should I be worried? Is there any harmless condition related to ataxia and shrinking cerebellum?
Doctor :  
The ataxia can be progressive and may be concerning problem.
User :   Is it always progressive?
Doctor :  
It is most often
Doctor :  
Heriditary cause can be associated with multiple other symptoms too
User :   then the myasthenia gravis which is treatable would be a much more favorable diagnosis?
Doctor :   You may need evaluation to diagnose myaesthenia gravis and the cause for joint pains too.
User :   Thank you. I am signing off.
Doctor :  
Do you have any other query?
User :   no thank you
Doctor :  
Thanks for consulting HealthcareMagic. Bye for now.
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