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Does traumatic stress cause parkinson's disease?

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Posted on Mon, 16 May 2016
Question: My husband suffered a severe auto accident in January 2014, within 7 days had severe lower back pain. X-Rays showed compression fractures of 2 lumbar vertebrae. Within another 4 months severe arm pain showed damaged cervical discs and subsequently had two discs removed from his neck. Other symptoms became apparent in the last year. He had a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's. Is it possible the stress of the auto accident caused the Parkinson's?
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Answered by Dr. Vasudha Jayant Athavale (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Less possible to be a cause.

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXX,
Thanks for the query. I am sorry to read about the disaster your husband had to face following an accident. I understand your concern too.
It is natural for you to think about the accident as a culprit for the parkinson,s your husband is facing at present.But we will learn from following information that it may not be so.
* Parkinsons disease is degenerative process of nerve cells of brain ( neurons ) which lead to loss of few neurons & leads to abnormal brain functions.
* The exact cause of parkinson's disease is unknown . still certain factors definitely appear to play a definite role in it's occurrence.They are as follows.
-Genetic predisposition/ age( seen in advanced age>60 years with all the possibilities like high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke enhancing age wise degenerative processes./men are more prone to get it than women/ Exposure to toxins from pesticides or herbicides
-Though a rare possibility, As your husband had multiple spinal injuries following the accident.. some the possibility is that, he received a mild jerk / stress to brain tissue ..which was not strong enough to show immediate results. .. but they took one full year to occur...
YOU should take him to a nurophysician for e3xpert advise so as to help him out of the problem.
I hope you found the answer to be both informative &useful . Any follow up query is welcome.
Thanks.
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Does traumatic stress cause parkinson's disease?

Brief Answer: Less possible to be a cause. Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXX, Thanks for the query. I am sorry to read about the disaster your husband had to face following an accident. I understand your concern too. It is natural for you to think about the accident as a culprit for the parkinson,s your husband is facing at present.But we will learn from following information that it may not be so. * Parkinsons disease is degenerative process of nerve cells of brain ( neurons ) which lead to loss of few neurons & leads to abnormal brain functions. * The exact cause of parkinson's disease is unknown . still certain factors definitely appear to play a definite role in it's occurrence.They are as follows. -Genetic predisposition/ age( seen in advanced age>60 years with all the possibilities like high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke enhancing age wise degenerative processes./men are more prone to get it than women/ Exposure to toxins from pesticides or herbicides -Though a rare possibility, As your husband had multiple spinal injuries following the accident.. some the possibility is that, he received a mild jerk / stress to brain tissue ..which was not strong enough to show immediate results. .. but they took one full year to occur... YOU should take him to a nurophysician for e3xpert advise so as to help him out of the problem. I hope you found the answer to be both informative &useful . Any follow up query is welcome. Thanks.