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Old 04-19-2012, 11:33 AM   #1
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Can 26 year old have brain degeneration?

I'm 26 and consider myself healthy - work out/eat right.

Please tell me if my symptoms sound like a degenerative brain disorder:

Muscle twitching for 2 months now - started in toes/fingers and is now everywhere.

Hand tremors for 1 month now - more pronounced when I'm stressed/nervous or when hands in use (not a resting tremor)

Feeling unbalanced/floating(disequilibrium) for 2 weeks now - I feel like I'm on a rocking boat every single day and when I'm walking the ground feels uneven and like it's moving under me.

My brain MRI (without contrast) came back normal. I cannot find anything on the internet to match my symptoms other than degenerative brain diseases like cerebellar degeneration.

PLEASE HELP!!!!!!! Can this happen at 26 years old??

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Old 05-13-2012, 08:02 AM   #2
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Re: Can 26 year old have brain degeneration?

Do not want to frighten you but there are at least several different conditions or illnesses, both serious and not so serious- that might lead to the symptoms you'v described. Before you work yourself into a panic...... go to your primary care physician first

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Old 05-13-2012, 08:55 AM   #3
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Re: Can 26 year old have brain degeneration?

My son has a cerebellar atrophy disorder, and his symptoms are quite different. There are many forms of this, I know, but the one thing they all seem to have quite early in the onset is ataxia - lurching walk and loss of reliable balance without dizziness. Nothing has shown up on MRI or PET except for very minor shrinkage of the cerebellar cells. It started when he was 37.
If you do have this then it can really only be diagnosed after symptoms develop further. My son, despite being significantly disabled, has not been conclusively diagnosed. Maybe we never will know for sure. It make his planning for any future needs very difficult.
Ask to be referred to a neurologist. If any new progression of symptoms develops, then you will have more to go on. Good luck, Sera

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