What causes ataxia?
Well, as everything in life goes to be "worried" or not depends on....
....1. Is the diagnosis of whatever a person's been told they have accurate
....2. If the diagnosis is accurate WHAT IS THE CAUSE?
If the cause of a particular diagnosis is something that can be easily corrected or addressed then, probably there wouldn't be much cause for concern. If the cause is not correctable or unknown then, there STILL IS NOT MUCH FOR WORRY but rather it becomes most important to discover how to cope or address things that can be attacked readily and then, the search is on for an answer.
So, you see....in my way of thinking there should never be a time where one should have to flat out "worry" because in my opinion that is an activity that doesn't lend itself to producing solutions to problems. Make sense?
So let's first define ATAXIA. It is the lack of control of movements which are VOLUNTARY in nature. Another way to look at it is an incoordination or clumsy way of moving the limbs which is either robotic or purposeless. Furthermore, ATAXIA is always a reflection of some primary problem IN THE BRAIN (most commonly the cerebellum) or THE SPINAL CORD. It is not as a result of muscle weakness, muscle disease, infections in the muscle or body (outside brain and spinal cord), etc. While ATAXIA mainly is thought of as affecting the limbs it can also affect the trunk and cervical or neck muscles which then, can affect how the head moves about.
There are numerous causes for ATAXIA so you need to say what your doctor thinks is the most likely reason for your condition. If they don't know then, there are tests that can be run in the bloodstream, imaging studies which can be obtained of the head and spinal column, or if necessary consultations that can be made of people such as myself (NEUROLOGISTS) whose job it is to define such problems according to known entities that can be deduced using history and examination techniques.
So now the ball is in your court. You need to get information from your doctor on why the diagnosis of ATAXIA was given to you in the first place and what his or her best guess is as to a cause. Is it something that is treatable, was it inherited through the genes, or did this condition just spontaneously develop without warning or cause?
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