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What is Ataxia?

The word "ataxia", comes from the Greek word, " a taxis" meaning "without order or incoordination". The word ataxia means without coordination. People with ataxia have problems with coordination because parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are affected. Ataxia may affect the fingers, hands, arms, legs, body, speech, and eye movements. Ataxia is often used to describe a symptom of incoordination which can be associated with infections, injuries, other diseases, or degenerative changes in the central nervous system.


What were your first symptoms of Joseph Machado Disease?

Started by sl0826 in General. Last reply by Netta4885 6 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hello Everyone,A lot of members in my family have been diagnosed with this terrible disease.I'm still too afraid to get tested. I'm 33 years old, and have been experiencing some symptoms lately.My symptoms are muscle twitches, eyelid, legs, neck,…Continue

New here and need advice!

Started by essentialoilgirl in General. Last reply by essentialoilgirl 7 hours ago. 6 Replies

Hi everyone! I need help, here is my story.two years ago I began noticing my leg would bounce if on the ball of my foot, then my fingers would spasm randomly, and I would drop things easily. I then had the flu and a few weeks later my legs spasmed…Continue

To be pitied.

Started by butterflyflyaway in General. Last reply by TJ 11 hours ago. 4 Replies

I hate it when your pitied. It us the worst feeling ever. You can see the pity in some people's eyes. It's the worst. To be pitied is like, they have no respect for you.

Cerebral ( scalp ) acupuncture for ataxia

Started by Eric in General. Last reply by Beryl Park 11 hours ago. 1 Reply

Anyone tried this treatment?Read all about it…Continue

Tags: cerebral, scalp, ataxia, acupunture

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"Hi Mary! I am 29 years old (I'll be 30 next month... :'( haha) and found out I had MJD about 4 years ago. (Many people on my father's side of the family also suffer from this disease, however they didn't show symptoms until their…"
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1 New to group...question about genetic testing

New to group...question about genetic testing

Posted by TheHappyGardener on February 28, 2015

2 New here and need advice!

New here and need advice!

Posted by essentialoilgirl on March 2, 2015

3 tight jaw?

tight jaw?

Posted by runner on February 18, 2015

4 Eye exercises for vertigo?

Eye exercises for vertigo?

Posted by Chris on February 24, 2015

5 What were your first symptoms of Joseph Machado Disease?

What were your first symptoms of Joseph Machado Disease?

Posted by sl0826 on March 2, 2015

6 To be pitied.

To be pitied.

Posted by butterflyflyaway on March 2, 2015

7 Annual or semi-annual exam by neuro?

Annual or semi-annual exam by neuro?

Posted by Nosy on February 19, 2015

8 Exercise!!!! , what kind,,

Exercise!!!! , what kind,,

Posted by Mach6 on February 19, 2015

9 Gene Therapy  for Hereditary Ataxias?

Gene Therapy for Hereditary Ataxias?

Posted by eire on March 1, 2015

10 Cerebral ( scalp ) acupuncture for ataxia

Cerebral ( scalp ) acupuncture for ataxia

Posted by Eric on March 1, 2015


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Posted by Ran on March 2, 2015 at 1:34pm 0 Comments

I have had major issues arise in the past 6 months culminating in several test. The first was a motion test at Emory. They attached sensors around my body and ran me through the normal tests used to diagnose SCA. Preliminary conclusion was SCA…


Uncomfortable topic

Posted by serenity on February 28, 2015 at 7:15pm 1 Comment

I recently saw a tweet which led me to a funding site where people could upload their stories (for want of a better word) and have people donate to them. This may be recieved the wrong way but I dislike that. Really dislike it. It makes me highly…



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