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Learn about Friedreich’s Ataxia and how MS Queensland can provide assistance and support.
Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA) is a genetic disease that causes progressive damage to the nervous system. “Ataxia” means impaired muscle coordination, which results from the degeneration of nerve tissue in the spinal cord and of nerves that control muscle movement in the arms and legs.
It is caused by inherited faults in a gene that interfere with the production of the protein “frataxin”, essential for the functioning of cells. There is currently no known cure for Friedreich’s Ataxia however many of the problems associated with the disease can be treated.
The first symptom of FA is typically difficulty in walking, and usually results in the inability to walk 8 -10 years after the initial onset of symptoms. Other common developments may include:
As a progressive disease, symptoms will change over time and assistance may be required for:
MS Queensland has a long history of helping people with MS and other progressive neurological diseases such as Friedreich’s Ataxia. We know that many of the symptoms of and treatments for MS are also common to other PNDs and we offer our knowledge, expertise and understanding in this field to a broad range of people. Some of our services include:
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For more information, questions, or assistance you can contact our NeuroAssist InfoLine on 1800 177 591 Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 5:00pm. You can also request a call back from our NeuroAssist team and expect a call within 24 hours.