Ataxia

When there is a problem with the cerebellum, along with an intention tremor you also may have ataxia.  I have very ataxic movement.  Ataxia means a problem with coordination.  Every time I was evaluated by a doctor, one thing they would have me do is touch my index finger to my nose then to their finger and repeat that a few times.  This is called – cleverly – the finger to nose test.  This is to test for ataxia and can also test for a tremor.  I had problems doing that, still do.  I can do it, but it’s a lot slower and less steady on my right side.  When I go to push a button on the microwave I have problems coordinating that movement.  I’m all over the place, my hand can’t go directly there.  This is ataxia.  Then when I get to where I want to be with my hand, like a button on the microwave, I start shaking because my intention tremor kicks in!  It’s a double whammy.  But it’s OK, it’s getting better.  For more information on ataxia go here, good site.



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