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Ataxia is a condition in which nerve degeneration impairs movement coordination. Unusual gait, difficulties with regular activities like reading and eating, and the existence of cardiac problems are some of the characteristic signs and manifestations. Patients with persistent ataxia may require additional assistance to move. An understanding of the etiology facilitates the treatment.

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Why am I suffering from headshake, whole-body vibration, and weakness?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from a head shake. I feel exhausted most of the time, and my legs even start to feel weak. My whole body feels vibrating from inside, and I can also feel my hands are getting weak. I have never consulted a doctor before. I am not on any medication. My height is about 1.51 y...  Read Full »

Dr. Prathap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Shaking head means titubation, which is a feature of cerebellar dysfunction. You should get checked for other cerebellar features like ataxia, dysmetria, nystagmus, etc. In some people, it may be congenital. As you have recent onset of symptoms, it may be acquired. Get a...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for the unsteady gait of my daughter?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter was a late walker. She started to walk when she was 18 months old. Now, at 20 months, it feels like she is still very unsteady and her gait is weird. I have attached a link to a video of how she walks. Please see it. Is there a real reason to be concerned or is it normal af...  Read Full »

Dr. Nene Devavrat Harihar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to After seeing the video (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it appears that she walks with anataxic gait. There may also be some component of spasticity (stiffness in her lower limbs). It looks a little abnormal because she is tripping and falling. This c...  Read Full »

Does a positive Romberg test indicate MS?

Query: Hello doctor, My general practitioner (GP) referred me to a neurology due to positive Romberg, equivocal Babinski and an intention tremor, which is getting worse. I have been having severe tingling in my legs for months. Recently, the pain in my legs is terrible at night, and my right eye goes blurr...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Positive Romberg test suggests apossibility of sensory ataxia and associated with tingling in legs. It can be due to peripheral nerves or spinal cord (posterior column). I would like to know if there is a family history of a similar problem in your blood relatives, in th...  Read Full »

What can be the reason behind Meniere's disease?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been told by my ENT and another specialist that I have Meniere's. I have two vertigo attacks a week, ataxia gait, where I stagger when I walk, tinnitus, ear fullness, and hearing impairment during an attack. This has led me to suffer from mild hearing loss. This is for a report ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to All your symptoms do go in favor of Meniere's disease. Let me first brief you on what happens in Meniere's disease. Our ear is divided into three components. The outer, the middle, and the inner ear, The inner ear, to be specific, is responsible for two actions. 1. Proces...  Read Full »

I am suffering from tingling sensations in my hands and legs as well as muscle fasciculations. Do I suffer from Friedrich's Ataxia?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24-year-old man suffering from tingling sensations in my hands, lower legs, and feet as well as muscle fasciculations that occur randomly in any place of my body. I have developed erectile dysfunction. Additionally, I have had abnormally high arches. This runs in the family on m...  Read Full »

Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help you.This can be ataxia. However, we cannot confirm or rule it out. So, I suggest you consult a specialist doctor. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. I hope this has helpe...  Read Full »

I am a 47-year-old woman with chronic muscle spasms and ataxia, despite taking medications. Which genetic tests should I undergo?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 47 years old woman and I have been dealing with health complications for most of my life and so I have managed well with diet and exercise. I have presented with ataxia on three different occasions and IV antioxidant therapies were helpful to relieve my symptoms. A few years ago, carn...  Read Full »

Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You have a chronic myopathic problem along with some episodes of ataxia and cardiac problems. It seems that some evaluation and screening tests that have been done previously including MRI, EMG, and blood tests and the results convinced you tha...  Read Full »

My little child has ataxia, hypotonia, seizures, and dysphagia. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, My 16-month-old presents with intermittent limb weakness, hemiplegia, gait disorder, dysphagia, intermittent ataxia, brisk reflexes, seizures, and intermittent hypotonia. There are sudden bouts of alternating limb paralysis. There is sudden difficulty with balance and walking with fal...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the images which you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are a fluid signal intensity and a short segment abnormality in the cervicothoracic part of the spinal cord which is likely representing a syrinx between C7 ...  Read Full »

What causes heaviness in the head?

Query: Hi doctor, My head remains heavy for the past three weeks and I have a feeling of having giddiness and dizziness. I have dysarthria and a decrease in the right-hand motor movement for the past two weeks. I have ataxia. I did an MRI with and without contrast MRA and CT. All my results came back no...  Read Full »

Dr. Upendra Kumar Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have been evaluated extensively, but I need a detailed history. Kindly provide a complete history. Based on your reports, the abnormality observed in the MRI of the brain suggests a demyelinating disease (attachment removed to protect patient identity). For this...  Read Full »

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