What Are the Basics of Cerebellar Ataxia?

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I have M . S. And I try to get my walks I didn't take injectables right away till I couldn't pick up my feet to step on the brakes.  I then got hand controls but I ell sideways on my chair & broke my ankle.  I'm upset when I hear maybe I could get this ataxia or I cause this disease.  I first had  Fibromyalgia and the Xanax helped then my feet when numb but for awhile I was fine as long as take the Xanax but then given Soma isort've liked as long as cut in quarters or in 1/2. It was strong so I took once in while but liked the Xanax I went to another Neuro & she said I didn't have & wanted me to see her sister so I left because if get a spinal test & an eye test to confirm it don't say I don't have the disease.  I was fine for awhile but then when I broke ankle that's when I ended up going to Nursing Home  to stay which I found the person on public assistance was 1 who said I had to stay here.  I find this place not very sanitary.  The sheets & bed pads smell & they don't take things wet clothes or other items from a person if dies etc.  I honk they should have a room by itself for things to clean then the shower room.

     I don't know of anyone who had M. S. In my family but my cousin  she did have a different disesee Guilium Barre which she started to pick up but she later died of a bad heart attack.  Is Guillium Barre like M.S. Too?
Hello Mrs. Ericksen, Guillain-Barre and M.S. do have something in common, they're both autoimmune disease, meaning a person's immune system attacking the person's normal cells, and they're both attacking nerves. The difference is that in M.S. the central nerve system is attacked, which means the brain and spine are attacked. On the contrary, in Guillain-Barre the peripheral nerve system is attacked, so people would feel tingling, itching, etc.  M.S. is much more serious than Guillain-Barre, Guillain-Barre causing death is actually very rare.

Mrs. Ericksen, since you've said the nursing home isn't sanitary enough, I'd suggest you to wash your hands thoroughly with cleanser or soap several times a day, after getting up, before meals, after meals, before sleep. Try to go outside and get sun light for a couple of hours every day. Try to walk and keep active every day. Eat fruits and vegetables every day. These won't make you look healthier right away, but help boost your immune so you have a lower chance of getting infection in the long run.

Wish you all the best.
My son has cerebellar ataxia and he's not able to talk anymore. Is there anything that can be done about that
I am sorry to tell you cerebral damage can't be reversed. Close care is needed. in case he can't show the pain or uncomfort and get infection lately.
I have visited s neurologist, and he diagnosed me 12 years ago with "Cerebellar Degeneration".  In my search for both causes and treatment  all that I find  is information  on ataxia.  Can I assume that they are the same?  E-Mail me at "steeler60@outlook.com".  Tell me.
First we need to review the imaging studies.The MRI scan obtained on the ur admission to this hospital revealed evidence of cerebellar degeneration?   
 Diagnoses that could have been considered before the PET scan was needed in the futher. do u have a history of alcohol abuse and nutritional deficiencies, the rapid course of the disease, the inflammatory findings in the cerebrospinal fluid, the atrophic changes in the symptomatic regions on MRI, and the PET findings, either alone or in combination, readily rule out most of these disorders.
Cerebrovascular Disease
Demyelinating Disorders
Sarcoidosis
Paraneoplastic Syndromes  
Tumors Associated with Paraneoplastic Syndromes of the Central Nervous System
 Lung cancer, particularly small-cell lung cancer, is the cancer most frequently associated with paraneoplastic syndromes of the central nervous system. These syndromes can be manifested as cerebellar dysfunction that remains isolated or progresses to involve other parts of the central nervous system (encephalomyelitis) and are often associated with anti-Hu antibodies. About 40% of patients who have small-cell lung cancer and cerebellar degeneration without anti-Hu antibodies have voltage-gated calcium-channel antibodies, which are also present in patients with the Eaton–Lambert myasthenic syndrome.  Except for mild proximal leg weakness, this patient did not have symptoms suggestive of the Eaton–Lambert myasthenic syndrome. The remote history of smoking, the absence of abnormalities in the lungs and mediastinum on PET scanning, and the absence of anti-Hu antibodies make lung cancer unlikely.
Lymphomas are the next most common tumors associated with paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration. The distribution of the PET findings and the presence of an IgG kappa M component could suggest non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, although the latter finding also occurs in 1% of the healthy population. A monoclonal IgG gammopathy is typical of multiple myeloma, but this tumor is rarely associated with cerebellar degeneration
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