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What symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are not typically found in multiple sclerosis (MS)?

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Parkinson’s can have some symptoms that people with MS typically don’t have:

  • Slowed movement (your doctor will call it bradykinesia)
  • Feet drag or shuffle
  • Stiff, rigid muscles
  • Poor posture
  • Loss of control over how you blink, smile, swallow, or swing your arms when you walk
  • Small, cramped handwriting

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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