Patient Comments: Ataxia - Treatment

Question:

What treatment did you have for ataxia? Did it help? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Michael, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: February 27

I first started to notice ataxia when I was in my 60s. I am now in my 70s. My grandfather and my father both had ataxia. Therapy helped, especially the balance and walking exercises. I do the exercises every day at home that were recommended by my therapists.

Comment from: WestNileQueen, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 17

My condition worsened after having plasmapheresis and IVIG treatment for ataxia.

Comment from: Darling, 55-64 (Caregiver) Published: February 23

My husband has degenerative cerebellar ataxia. He use to fall weekly and walked with a walker, sometimes even a wheelchair. Four months ago (after 3 physical therapists said there was no exercise because of fall issues) I signed him up for a boxing coach. I figured the floor was padded and the guy could catch him. After 2 times a week for 4 months he has not fallen in three months and now only uses a cane most of the time. He does weight training and stretching as well and people are shocked at the change. Maybe this will help someone. He seems to think a lot of it is due to the way boxers train, using both feet and arms and the trainer changing up the punches quickly. I hope someone finds this helpful, it has made a huge difference in our lives.

Comment from: Neeru, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 05

My wife has essential tremors and hereditary ataxia for about last 15 years.

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