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stroke like symptoms

the doctors say I have cerebellar ataxia which is like a stroke as you know. but I disagree with the diagnosis My symptoms are no balance,wheelchair  bound,blurred vision,dizziness,slurred speech,now having headaches which have alot ,tremors sometimes. Been like this for 7 years with no answers and I am 42 years old.  I was a very healthy women until this. I had a ct and mri and nothing showed up. Someone please help me!
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Thanks for using the forum. I am happy to address your questions, and my answer will be based on the information you provided here. Please make sure you recognize that this forum is for educational purposes only, and it does not substitute for a formal office visit with a doctor.

Without the ability to examine and obtain a history, I can not tell you what the exact cause of the symptoms is. However I will try to provide you with some useful information.

Ataxia is a symptom of 100s of neurologic diseases. Cerebelllar ataxia is one type of ataxia occurring due to a problem in the cerebellum, one of the structures in the brain involved in coordination (among other things). There are several causes of cerebellar ataxia and whether or not the ataxia can be treated depends on the cause. Below, a few types of ataxias will be discussed but this list is by no means comprehensive.

In general, ataxias could be divided into a few groups (1) those with a known external cause such as alcoholism or other medications or drugs (2) those that occur following infection (3) those that are neurodegenerative, due to loss of cerebellar cells because of a primary abnormality in cerebellar cells as opposed to an external cause such as infection (4) due to an inborn error metabolism and/or a genetic defect that disrupts metabolism in cerebellar cells (5) those that occur in the setting of cancer, known as "paraneoplastic ataxias", and (6) others

Regarding the cerebellar ataxias due to an external cause, in some cases symptoms resolve (sometimes physical therapy is needed). In some patients, cerebellar ataxia occurs following an infection that affects the nervous system, in which case it often resolves. Chronic alcoholism can cause cerebellar ataxia; stopping alcohol intake can improve the ataxia but if it is severe, some permanent symptoms may remain. In patients with cerebellar stroke, with intensive physical and occupational therapy over weeks to months, symptoms may become minimal and may even resolve completely. In patients with cerebellar ataxia due to a tumor in the cerebellum, removal of the tumor often improves ataxia significantly, though some remaining symptoms may persist due to removal of normal cerebellar tissue following surgery. And so on.

For the inborn errors of metabolism, some treatable examples include betalipoproteinemia, adrenomyeloneuropathy, cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis, familial vitamin E deficiency, maple syrup urine disease, pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency, Refsum disease, and Wilson disease. Certain features in your history and physical examination will suggest these disorders, because they are most often associated with other abnormalities. Many of these disorders begin in childhood or adolescence/young adult-hood. Management typically relies on dietary modification, vitamin/cofactor supplementation, or drugs to reduce the load of the accumulating toxic metabolite, or removal of abnormal proteins from the blood by a procedure called plasmapharesis.

In cerebellar ataxia due to cancer, what is called a paraneoplastic process and can be diagnosed with blood tests, with removal of the tumor and treatment with an intravenous medication or immunosuppresants, cerebellar function improves.

Other types of cerebellar ataxias that are genetic such as the large group of genetic disorders called "spino-cerebellar ataxias", Ataxia-telangiectasia, Friedreich ataxia, and other mitochondrial disorders are being studied, certain modifications may be helpful but there is not a cure. These have specific features that suggest one type versus another and genetic testing is available for some of them.

I suggest you see a neurologist if you have not and re-discuss your diagnosis.

Thank you for using the forum, I hope you find this information useful, good luck.
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I am slowly improving which your not suppose to do. I still do not agree with the diagnosis and I am getting another opnion
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Went to the doctors 2 days ago to get a check-up and have some test repeated because those tests were done over 3 years ago but they gave me no blood-work or any kind of e-rays. They put me on sinement 25mg and lodosyln cr 25mg with no diagnosis now,just having neurological symptoms,(
skeptical) about medicine that I start sunday
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