I wonder if anyone could give me a bit of advice. My Aunt has just been tested positive for spinocerebellar ataxia type 6, and my Mum has all the classic symptoms so is also waiting to have tests. They have discovered my grandmother and great grandmother had it too. If my Mum tests positive I have to make a decision if I want to have the test. I have been experiencing balance problems myself, and have had sudden but quick spells of vertigo where everything spins for a few seconds then is gone. I've also had a lot of pain in my joints, mostly hips, for a couple of years now. Do these sound like tell tale symptoms and would be sensible for me to have the test too? I'm 41. I know it can affect driving licences and insurances once you have a diagnosis, but at the same time I want to be safe while driving. Is it helpful to have a diagnosis or does it cause people more problems once they know they have it? Thanks
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