21 June 2013

The effect of deep brain stimulation on Parkinson's Disease

"Andrew was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson's Disease in 2009 when he was 35 years old. He lives with his wife and two children in Auckland, New Zealand. In November 2012 and February 2013 he underwent a surgical procedure, Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, to help control his motor symptoms. This has been hugely beneficial to his quality of life. He is the author of a blog youngandshaky.com which he created to raise awareness of the effects of Parkinson's Disease. This is his experience of how DBS has helped him and in the usual manner, results may vary."
A fascinating video.  Stick with it, or jump to the 1:30 mark to see the dramatic difference the deep brain stimulation makes.

His blog is here.

3 comments:

  1. My grandfather has Parkinsons. I wonder why this treatment has never been suggested for him? I shall have to investigate.

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    1. As I understand it, this procedure is typically used for "young" people with early-onset Parkinsons.

      Brad, you might want to browse this Reddit thread where the guy in the video answers questions -

      http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/1grr7c/i_have_had_deep_brain_stimulation_surgery_for/

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  2. This procedure is also used for those of us with Tourette's Syndrome. Fortunately my TS is not that severe.

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