My wife's ataxia is caused by inflammation of the spinal cord. This affects her balance and the control of her feet and hands. Walking in the dark is virtually impossible! She has been told she has sensory ataxia of which there is no cure and no one can say what the future will be. She is getting progressively worse and gets very tired as well as frustrated, however she just gets on with it! Her condition gets a lot worse when she gets ill, such as having a cold. Recently she had bells palsy, which the consultant says is probably not linked. The consultants do not appear to be able to give us any useful information. Is this an normal experience for someone with her condition?