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What makes multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease different?

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MS and Parkinson’s have different causes. They usually start to affect you at different ages, too.

MS often affects people between ages 20 and 50, but children get it, too. Parkinson’s usually starts at age 60 or older, but some younger adults get it.

MS is an autoimmune disease. That means your body’s immune system goes haywire for some reason.

In Parkinson’s, certain brain cells start to die off. Your brain makes less and less of a chemical called dopamine that helps control your movement. As your levels dip, you lose more of this control.

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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