I am in my early 40's and for most of my life, I have been known as 'clumsy' or 'accident prone'. I had a fall in May of this year (the result of nothing more than losing my balance) and thanks to an observant A&E doctor who felt this needed looking at further, referred me to the neurologist.
Prior to this, I have always felt there is something not right. I cannot walk in a straight line (and if I don't look straight ahead I have a tendency to go widely off course!), my coordination is terrible and my balance is abysmal. Some days it is worse than others and when it's bad, I'm also dizzy, nauseous and very, very tired (to the point where I struggle to function). My GP and the Neuro both noticed my eyes were also flickering when I looked far left and right.
During the neurologist consultation, we talked about family history. My biological mother (I'm adopted and had very little contact) reportedly had MS and was in a wheelchair. She has since passed away. The neurologist suggested that MS may have been misdiagnosed (we are talking more than 20 years ago) and that it may have been Ataxia although I don't know enough about her condition to say for sure.
I had an MRI and this came back as 'within normal limits' and I am due to see the Neuro again in December so I would really appreciate any guidance on what sorts of questions I should be asking of him. At this present time, I have no clear diagnosis so it may be something totally unrelated!
Apologies for the long post!