ATAXIA misdiagnosed as MS

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ATAXIA misdiagnosed as MS

Postby LadyGazelle » Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:23 am

There will be a fundraiser for Ataxia (my husbands two cousins have it) - and he wants me to tell people there about CCSVI - questioning if they may have it.

A newspaper article about the fundraiser says, "It's often misdiagnosed as multiple sclerosis, a disease that attacks the central nervous system which has similar symptoms...

...All proceeds will go to support research efforts at the University of Rochester Movement and Inherited Neurological Disorder Unit."

Does anyone know if the symptoms of "ataxia" are improved with the Liberation Treatment?

Do I dare suggest the Libreration Treatment? If they ask their doctor if there is a venous issue, then pehaps Dr. Zamboni can add one more condition to CCSVI.

People with Ataxia are often misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis, yet it is a different disease. Even though people with MS also have ataxia concerns. I think it would be worth a doppler, anyway!

All I can say is the vascular surgeons had better get with the program really fast. When people have stenosis yet do not have multiple sclerosis, only TIME WILL TELL takes on a whole new meaning.
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Postby jimmylegs » Sun Aug 08, 2010 3:02 pm

is this a diagnosis of friedreich's ataxia? there seems to be some research linking FA and subaortic stenosis.
odd sx? no dx? check w/ dietitian
99% don't meet these. meds/lifestyle can affect levels
status can be low in ms & other cond'ns
'but my results are normal'. typical panels don't test all
deficits occur in 'normal' range
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Postby gainsbourg » Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:31 am

The most common type of ataxia is Friedreich's Ataxia, which is a hereditary neurological disease with MS like symptoms. The reason I am interested in it is that a neurogist once suggested I should be tested for it because I had so many of the symptoms, but the test was negative.

Unlike MS, the cause of Friedreich's has been known for about ten years now - faulty iron metabolism - so I doubt there is any connection with the vascular system. There is no official conventional medical treatment, but iron chelation with deferiprone has shown to have some success. Idebenone and other free radical scavengers are thought to help.

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Postby LadyGazelle » Tue Aug 10, 2010 9:18 am

Thanks for the replies - I've forwarded the information on to the family.

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invitation to join internaf

Postby macmike » Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:22 pm


My name is Michel Beaudet, I'm 48, have FA and live in Quebec, Canada.
I'm sending this message to invite people to join a list for those with ataxia. The list is called Internaf and there's also a website full of info at

International Network of Ataxia Friends is a mailing list for ataxia patients and family/friends which serves as a support group and information exchange vehicle. There are currently over 700 subscribers from more than 40 countries worldwide.
Subscriptions to INTERNAF is free.
For info on how to subscribe, go see, or
for email only access click here and send: or
for full yahoogroups features access go to

ps: Don't hesitate to email me if you have questions about internaf
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