What is Friedreich's Ataxia?
Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) is a debilitating, life-shortening, degenerative neuro-muscular disorder. It causes progressive loss of coordination and muscle strength in the arms and legs and trunk, leading to full time use of a wheelchair. Most young people diagnosed with FA require mobility aids such as a cane, walker, or wheelchair by their teens or early twenties. Onset of symptoms can vary from childhood to adulthood. Childhood onset of FA usually occurs between 5 and 15 years and tends to have a more rapid progression.
What are the signs and symptoms of the condition?
• Loss of coordination (ataxia) in the arms and legs.
• Fatigue – energy deprivation and muscle loss.
• Vision impairment, hearing loss, and slurred speech.
• Aggressive Scoliosis (curvature of the spine).
• Diabetes Mellitus (insulin-dependence, in most cases).
• Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (a life-threatening heart condition).
The is currently No Cure & No Treatment