The word Ataxia comes from Greek and means ‘absence of Order’. It shares many characteristics with other symptoms of MS.
The description of this symptom shows the commonality that exists across all the MS related symptoms. Myoclonus presents similar muscle control problems. Like MS ataxia is described as a symptom of an underlying disorder.
Nystagmus eyes exhibit rapid rhythmic movement usually in the horizontal plane and is quite common in MS.
Acquired Pendular Nystagmus is the form most commonly presented in MS and is due to a loss of coordination between the eyes. This may be caused by a lesion affecting the Cranial Nerve III (Oculomotor Nerve) or IV (Abducens Nerve).
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