Neuroacanthocytosis (NA) Community

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I have NA

Hi there. My name is Mike and I was recently diagnosed with NA. My symptoms started 3 years ago ( fidgeting, problems walking, speaking, and swallowing). It has been very difficult for me and my family to come to terms with this news as I was for lack of a better word, a normal guy. I am now off work and living on disability. My friends and family have been very supportive and I take each day as it comes.

My swallowing problems are extremely embarrassing as I cant eat without food spilling out of my mouth. I find it difficult to socialize and date.

Are there others similar to me?? Hope to hear from you soon.



Hey Mike,
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Dear Mike,

Your experience is very similar to other patients who have symptoms three or four years old. It sometimes improves a bit. Different doctors try different medicines at different stages of the disease and deep brain stimulation has helped a number of patients. There should soon be an article by Francois TISON et al. in the Public Library of Science (PLoS) on dbs that your doctor will find interesting. Keep an eye open for it in NANews with directions of how to get to it.

Ginger and Glenn Irvine
Advocacy for Neuroacanthocytosis Patients
32 Launceton Place
London W85RN
Charity registration 1133182

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Thank you Rob and Glenn