August 16, 2012
It may look like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease, but is it? For J.D. Cain, who had lived for years with what he thought was Parkinson’s, the eventual answer was no. After numerous second opinions, it was discovered that J.D. actually suffered from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), a little known disorder that mimics the symptoms of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. NPH is caused by an excess of fluid that builds up on the brain and increases pressure against nerves. Releasing this pressure by draining the fluid from the brain through a shunt will relieve symptoms, often bringing about a full recovery.
The key symptoms of NPH are memory problems, incontinence and gait issues. When someone presents these symptoms, make an appointment with a physician immediately. Also, don’t hesitate to seek a second opinion for any diagnosis.
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