Multiple Sclerosis & Parkinson's
Degenerative neurological conditions include Parkinson's
and multiple sclerosis. Patients often suffer a loss of normal motor
functioning, a change in mood and a gradual loss of cognitive abilities.
Parkinson's disease is a disorder of
certain nerve cells in the brain that normally produce a chemical called
dopamine, which helps the brain direct and control movement. In
Parkinson's disease, these dopamine-producing nerve cells break down,
causing dopamine levels to drop and affect the brain signals that
The classic symptoms of Parkinson's
disease are shaking (tremor), stiff muscles (rigidity), and slow
movement (bradykinesia). A person with fully developed Parkinson's
disease may also have a stooped posture, a blank stare or fixed facial
expression, speech problems, and problems with balance or walking. He or
she may also have confusion and memory loss.
The cause of the disease is unknown.
Parkinson's disease usually begins in middle or late life, rarely before
age 50—except in cases where genetic causes are suspected. The disease
usually progresses gradually over many years, often at different rates
in different people. There is no cure for Parkinson's disease, but
medicine and in some cases surgery can help relieve symptoms.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease
of the central nervous system. It is thought to be an autoimmune
disorder. It is an unpredictable condition that can be relatively
benign, disabling or devastating. Some individuals with MS may be mildly
affected, while others may lose their ability to see clearly, write,
speak or walk when communication between the brain and other parts of
the body becomes disrupted. The symptoms of MS are erratic. They may be
mild or severe, of long duration or short. They may appear in various
combinations, depending on the area of the nervous system affected.
Lakeshore Health Partners - Neurology
Neurologist Christina Johnston, DO, Lakeshore Health Partners - Neurology offers answers to your questions about Multiple Sclerosis.
Christina Johnston, DO, Lakeshore Health Partners--Neurology, talks about signs, symptoms and treatments of Parkinson's Disease.