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parkinson related illness
An_249641 posted:
my husband has parkinson, so far just on the right side. I have heard that there are other illness related to parkinson, what are some of them? I also read that you can die from parkinson, how true??
Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Dear An_249641
PD usually affects one side of the body more than the other. Conditions called parkinsonism, have similar features to PD, but usually affect the both sides of the body equally. If your husband has a resting tremor on the right, it is most likely that he has PD.

I do not think people die from PD, but can die from complications of advancing symptoms of this disease.
An_249827 responded:
My husband was diagnosed with early-onset parkinsons. He experiences a lot of mood disorders, compulsive behaviors, manic episodes, anxiety, anger, etc. I don't want to scare you because this doesn't happen to everyone. I think my husband has these types of issues because he always suffered from depression and paranoia so his brain probably never worked like a "normal" person.

Our doctor told us that parkinson's isn't the cause of death, it's the other things that occur because of the meds and related issues that occur because of them.

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