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Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Syndrome actually have quite a bit in common. This often leads to difficulty in diagnosis, which is why you should always consult a doctor.
Both conditions often involve slurred speech patterns, which makes it difficult to understand what the patient is saying.
They also both involve tremors in the muscles and involuntary, spastic movements of the limbs. This often includes numbness in the limbs, which in the legs or lower extremities translates to a sense of unsteadiness or a lack of balance. This is why people with either condition often end up in a wheelchair. Both conditions lead to problems with the elimination system of the body, so these people often have problems with their bowels and/or bladders. And both conditions often lead to a sense of depression.
To understand the differences between Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Syndrome, we have to consider the etiology, or source of each disorder.
Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder; which means it’s the body attacking itself. Nerve cells, especially the ones in the brain, have extensions coming off of them which they use to communicate with other nerve cells. These extensions have insulation around them, made of a substance called myelin, which is like the insulation around an electrical wire. If the body attacks the myelin, corrodes it, or eliminates it altogether, it makes the nervous system go haywire. This often leads to symptoms like pain in various parts of the body; a sense of dizziness or being lightheaded; there’s a sense of fatigue or weakness throughout the body; sometimes these people have seizures; vision problems are some of the earliest symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis; inexplicable headaches are a symptom of Multiple Sclerosis; there’s often hearing loss. There’s a feeling of electric shock in various parts of the body, especially in the neck. And sometimes these people have changes in cognition, which can cause it to be confused with forms of dementia.
Parkinson’s Syndrome, on the other hand, comes from brain cells dying off altogether. Remember, it’s a form of dementia. So this leads to stiff muscles, this leads to a loss of control over the limbs, it leads to slowed movement, people with Parkinson’s often drag their feet, and sometimes they have postural problems as they lose control over their musculature.
So Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s have a bit in common, but they also have things that differentiate them. They can exist simultaneously in the same patient, which leads to a whole host of other problems. But in any event, if you know somebody with these problems, I would be glad to help them. I can be reached at 303.819.0097. Thanks for watching.
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