August 17

Other Diseases

Below is a list of other diseases or disorders that have Parkinson like Symptoms. My husband made up this list while researching my symptoms with intent to use in a conversation with the neurologist. This was after my MRI and before my DaTscan and obviously before we discovered my problem was in fact Parkinson’s disease.

1. Multiple System Atrophy
2. Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
3. Benign Essential Tremor (familial tremor)
4. Multiple Sclerosis
5. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrigs disease)
6. Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
7. Striato-Nigral Degeneration
8. Pseudobulbar Palsy
9. Wilsons Disease
10. Hallervorden Spatz Disease
11. Olivopontocerebellar Degeneration (OPCD)
12. Huntingtons Disease
13. Viral parkinsonism
14. Arteriosclerotic parkinsonism
15. Cortical basal ganglionic degeneration
16. Lewy-body disease
17. Lyme Disease
18. A tumor or cancer in the brain

Due to the results of the MRI, the neurologist dismissed all the items on the list except for the Parkinson related because an MRI cannot reveal the issues related to Parkinson. Also dismissed, but not due to the MRI or blood work was Lyme’s disease. There are similar symptoms but, a bite mark from a deer tick is pretty darn rare in the city and also the bite mark quite noticeable. My husband has in fact had experience with tick bites several times in the woods of Ohio.