10 Ataxia Symptoms

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2. Tremors

Not only is it difficult for a person with ataxia to control voluntary movements, but many people also experience involuntary trembling movements. Tremors can occur in the limbs or voice and often indicate damage to the cerebellum, a part of the brain that controls movement.4Kalia, Lorraine V, et al. ‘Tremor in Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 12.’ Movement Disorders Clinical Practice, John Wiley and Sons Inc., 10 Apr. 2014, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6183183/#:~:text=Tremors as part of a,stance tremor, and voice tremor.&text=These tremors result from cerebellar,ataxic signs of comparable severity.

Tremors are relatively common in people with multiple sclerosis. A tremor may be barely noticeable, but in some cases, the shaking is severe enough to interfere with daily activities like eating.5‘Tremor.’ Multiple Sclerosis Society UK, www.mssociety.org.uk/about-ms/signs-and-symptoms/tremor.

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