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Friedreich's ataxia

What is Friedreich's ataxia?

Autosomal recessive condition where there is degeneration of nerve tissue in the spinal cord.

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Ok, I'm 49 years old and for the past 11 years I've been experiencing severe itching in vulval area. It only seems to be on the right hand side. I've been to the docs many, many times, but nothing has helped. I can scratch myself so much, that it bleeds. I've noticed that recently my labia has thickened slightly on the affected area. And also I have noticed that unless I clean the area thoroughly I get a fishy smell. Oh and I am in a wheelchair as I suffer with FA (friedreichs Ataxia) and get frequent water infections.
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PLease, has it been biopsied?

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about this vulvar itches that you have had for so long. Long standing vulvar itches must be investigated fro the possibility of cancers. The best way to tell whether this is...
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i have just been diagnosed with spinocerebellurar ataxia, a neurodegenerative disease. my mri showed shrinkage of the cerrebellum. next week getting more tests. can you tell me if i will need a spinal tap? is there anything i can do to stop or slow progression? does it help to have a gluten or sugar free diet? is this always hereditary? i'm worried my 2 children might have this. thanks!
Hi, Thanks for using HCM.
Spinocerebellar ataxia is a hereditary condition, depending on type of disease we can say the probability of occurrence in next generation.

It is a progressive and irreversible disease, although not all types cause equally severe disability.

Physical therapy generally...
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I have an 8 year old child who has had some balance issues since birth but not terribly bad until recently. She has started falling a lot, has muscle weakness, is unable to ride a bike or walk long distances, and has recently began to stutter. MRI, EEG and CT are all normal also has been checked for vitamin D deficiency and that was not it. Any ideas? All I can think is MS but I don't know
Hi,

Thanks for placing your query here.

I can appreciate your concerns about your daughter.

It seems she has some form of chronic ataxia. Ataxia refers to an unsteadiness of gait or lack of muscle coordination.

Possibilities are;
1)     Ataxic form of Cerebral palsy.
Caused by damage to a child's...
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