Folks, I am getting a little freaked out by how many spouse/caregivers of PD patients also get it. I know it's not a contagious thing, but what in the world is going on? Is it like cancer used to be, where we just didn't have a name and identifier? Or are there environmental aspects? Or Covid aspects? Or something related to high empathy and entrainment?
@A MyParkinsonsTeam Member - sometimes bad vaccines concocted in a hurry can cause problems. The whooping cough vaccine the 1980's supposedly caused brain damage & even death. Not true, but it sure scared a lot of people from allowing their kids to get vaccinated, including my sons' father. Great! My youngest, who had enough problems from being born 9 1/2 weeks premature, got whooping cough & was terribly sick for 3 months. The COVID vaccine is not even the same type of vaccine. Instead of stimulating the body to produce antibodies that prevent us from catching the disease, it strengthens the body's ability to resist the disease in the first place. No, it will Not cause PD, or male infertility or any of the other ridiculous rumors.
@MyParkinsonsTeam users... But environmental toxins Do cause PD. Paraquat, Agent Orange, dichlorvos insecticides, & who knows what other pollutants or even food additives & preservatives may contribute. Usually spouses or relatives that live near you are also exposed to these toxins. Have well water tested for toxins, avoid chemicals that kill - herbicides & insecticides, and keep your food as toxin-free as possible.
I found it amazing how little we heard about Parkinson's before Michael Fox. My Uncle had it and now I do. But also we learn Alan Alda, Niel Diamond, Ozzie Osborne, Linda Ronstadt have it. We need to learn about a disease that takes too long to identify.
I am not a scientist but a pretty good researcher and there seems to be a lot of head injuries involved with early symptoms. This is true for myself and my Uncle and as I meet new people there is also a percentage of head issues.
With the amount of what were called "Senility" we are finding specific names for some of these maladies.
Wishing a good day and a better day tomorrow if not by a mile, inches are great!
It is hereditary. but a spouse getting it ? it’s not contagious. But the interesting thing is my husband has a lot of the same symptoms I do but he has not been diagnosed with Parkinson’s . We have decided that it’s sympathetic Parkinson’s. When I get stiff he gets stiff , when my blood pressure goes up his blood pressure goes up. We were thinking maybe it was a sympathy illness like sympathetic pregnancy… I know it’s not contagious so I wouldn’t worry about that but it is hereditary.
Hugs to all of you -- I love this site. I learn so much and feel so less alone!
I just read in Brain & Life magazine a correlation between young-onset neurological disorders (such as my type of PD and Alzheimers) and 1) the development of white matter in the brain that interrupts neurons, and 2) an article indicative of Factor X being a possible early genetic sign.