It isn’t ataxia at all. The reason I can’t keep my balance, even though I don’t get dizzy, is “vestibular dysfunction” in my left inner ear.
Even though my worst fall was precipitated by being dizzy from meds, it’s possible I wouldn’t have fallen if I hadn’t turned out the light, leaving the room in pitch darkness. You can compensate for poor balance with your eyes, to some degree.
And that’s what the physical therapy for this balance disorder does. Combining visual cues with a wobbly platform, the exercises retrain your damaged inner ear – somehow. They tell me that six weeks of twice-a-week therapy should be sufficient. Continue reading