In Reply to: Re: WHY DOES THE ATAXIA COME AND GO? posted by CCF neuro MD MM on December 03, 1998 at 19:41:07:
I am ataxic (sometimes) with peripheral neuropathy. The ataxia seems to be episodic. Sometimes I could go a few days without it showing up and sometimes it there everyday and all day. Since it catches me by surprise sometimes, I was wondering if you know of anythings that could be making the ataxia worse at times, or if there are things that can be done to make it better at times so that I can keep on doing the good things. Thanks for answers.
: Some episodic ataxias have been discovered to be due to a genetic defect in
the way in which the brain cells handle potassium, it is possible that
episodic deterioratios are due to fluctuating levels of salts (including
potassium)in the blood.
The fluctuations in potassium levels are in turn related to fluid intake
insulin levels and fasting, I cannot tell from your posting whether you
may have ore of these ataxias or not, but this is a possible explanation.
There is one case in the literature of peripheral neuropathy and episodic
ataxia being relateed to self-administration of bromide drugs, I hope you
are not taking any !
Thank you CCF neuro MD MM. I don't mean to appear ignorant, but what are bromide drugs. I couldn't find it in any medical books. I take a lot of meds. Thanks again!
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