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How are multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease alike?

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MS and Parkinson’s both affect your central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord. That’s why they both can affect how you move, sleep, feel, and talk.

These diseases both affect your nerves. MS can break down the coating, called myelin, that surrounds and protects your nerves. In Parkinson’s, nerve cells in a part of your brain slowly die off.

Both can start out with mild symptoms, but they get worse over time.

From: Is It MS or Parkinson’s? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Tremor Fact Sheet.”

Neurology : “Parkinson’s Disease in Multiple Sclerosis - A Population-Based, Nationwide Study in Denmark (P2.186).”

Mayo Clinic: “Multiple Sclerosis: Overview,” “Multiple Sclerosis: Symptoms and Causes,” “Multiple Sclerosis: Treatment,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Causes,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Definition,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Risk Factors,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Symptoms.”

Christopher Reeve Foundation: “How the spinal cord works.”

National Association for Continence: “Parkinson’s Disease.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “MS Symptoms,” “Who Gets MS? (Epidemiology).”

National Parkinson Foundation: “Non-Motor Symptoms.”

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: “Lhermitte’s sign.”

Iranian Journal of Neurology : “Parkinsonism associated with multiple sclerosis: A report of eight new cases and a review on the literature.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Plasmapheresis.”

Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery : “Parkinsonism and multiple sclerosis – is there association?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 25, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Tremor Fact Sheet.”

Neurology : “Parkinson’s Disease in Multiple Sclerosis - A Population-Based, Nationwide Study in Denmark (P2.186).”

Mayo Clinic: “Multiple Sclerosis: Overview,” “Multiple Sclerosis: Symptoms and Causes,” “Multiple Sclerosis: Treatment,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Causes,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Definition,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Risk Factors,” “Parkinson’s Disease: Symptoms.”

Christopher Reeve Foundation: “How the spinal cord works.”

National Association for Continence: “Parkinson’s Disease.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: “MS Symptoms,” “Who Gets MS? (Epidemiology).”

National Parkinson Foundation: “Non-Motor Symptoms.”

Multiple Sclerosis Trust: “Lhermitte’s sign.”

Iranian Journal of Neurology : “Parkinsonism associated with multiple sclerosis: A report of eight new cases and a review on the literature.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Plasmapheresis.”

Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery : “Parkinsonism and multiple sclerosis – is there association?”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 25, 2017

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