A form of cerebellar ataxia that lowers coordination mostly in the arms, hands, legs, and feet.
Loss of control or incoordination of body movements.
*Cerebellar ataxia: A loss of body control caused by differences in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that coordinates movement. The first signs that someone has cerebellar ataxia might be bad balance and walking, and uncoordinated eye movements. It can cause poor articulation when speaking or slurred speech, which is called dysarthria.
Changes to the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls things like heart rate, body temperature, breathing rate, and sensation or feeling. Dysfunction or changes in the autonomic nervous system can lead to very high or low heart rates, sweating too much or too little, weakness, and other symptoms.
Cerebellar dysarthric “scanning” speech
Words are broken into separate syllables, often with a pause between the syllables, and with each syllable spoken at different volumes.
Executive functioning is an umbrella term for the skills requiring mental control and self-regulation. Executive functioning skills include inhibition (the ability to stop your behavior at the appropriate time), the ability to shift easily from one situation to another, the ability to regulate your emotional responses, and others. Impairment in executive function occurs when a person has difficulties with one or more of the executive function skills.
Having to do with eye movement.
A combination of symptoms including tremor, slow movements, rigidity or muscles being tensed, and unsteadiness.
Caused by damage to the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves that send information from you brain and spinal cord to the rest of your body. This often feels like stabbing, burning, or tingling, especially in the hands and feet.
*Sensory neuropathy: Caused by damage to the sensory nerves (these are the nerves that sense pain or temperature). It may feel similar to peripheral neuropathy, and people may also have reduced ability to sense pain or very hot or cold temperatures.
Often done as part of a neurologic examination, or during an exam with a Neurologist. Walking so that with each step, the toes of the back foot touch the heels of the front foot.
A quivering or shaking movement that happens when you are not trying to do it (involuntary). Action tremor occurs when you’re actively trying to do something. Rest tremor occurs when the muscles are at rest, and you are not trying to move.
A sequence of events happening in a period of time. Remembering the order of events is important to our everyday lives.