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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