I have been diagnosised with hereditary Spinocerebellar ataxia a month ago. I had been diagnosed with ataxia 4 years ago. I had chronic Lyme's disease which we thought caused ataxia and falling. When I went into remission for lymes after 8 years, the ataxia proceeded to get worse. My neurologist had ran all the test except the genetic test. He sent me to another neurologist who I've seen twice. On the second visit, without genetic testing, with only a physical exam, he told me I had hereditary Spinocerebellar ataxia. I did have an aunt on father's side,who would be 93 today, she had abalance and walking problem. We would say she walked like she was drunk. Her daughter is starting to have the same symptoms
MY Question is how does he know I have Spinocerebellar. Ataxia without a genetic test . I was so shocked I forgot to ask him this question.