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PN and ataxia

Posted By rmoore on October 08, 1998 at 17:32:37:







I was diagnosed with PN approx. l year ago. The only med I am on is 75 mg. elavil for the PN.  I am a 49 year old female with a history of mild lupus (have been in remission for 2 years.)  Six months after the PN diagnosis  my neurologist said that I was ataxic because I was walking like I was drunk, and couldn't walk a straight line. I need to ask questions because my neuro. appt. is not until next month.  I was walking with a cane but my primary care doctor suggest that I get a walker because he was afraid for my safety. My  questions are:  What happens physically to make ataxia a symtom of neuropathy?
If I am ataxic about 75% of times, is it medicallY  necessary to get a walker (I hate this idea - female vanity!) Are there any alternatives?  I am also experiencing increased  weakness in both of my legs where I cannot move them sometimes when I want to walk.   Is ataxia from PN progressive?  Is the  the ataxia and the weakness reversible or irreversible?  Is it possible that I might one day end up
in a wheelchair.  If so, at what stage should I consider getting a wheel chair?  Thank you so much for being here for people like myself who are confused about what is going on with them!        
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