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#1 alcor

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 04:37 AM

Hi from Spain,
I,m 52, male. About 8 months ago I was diagnosed with PD after a DatScan. My only symptom for about 16 months is a very slight occasional tremor in right hand/arm and leg which I can generally control concentrating in relaxing. Since diagnosis I,m taking Azilect 1mg.
Appart for the occasional tremor and the shock of diagnosis-which to me seems almost unbeleavable- I feel 100% OK, in fact my neurologist says in his repport: no other sign of parkinsonism. For that reason I,ve tried to continue donating blood after diagnosis (as I have done regularly for about 20 years), but the doctor in charge told me (after consulting a manual ) that donation was impossible for me since PD is a demyelinating desease, what seems to me strange.
I would appreciate your opinion.

#2 Dr. Okun

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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:08 AM

Parkinson's disease is not demyelinating like multiple sclerosis and there is no problem with blood donation that I am aware of...

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Posted 08 July 2013 - 02:00 PM

My partner (who has YOPD) is also a phlebotomist and works for a blood donation agency. He still gives blood. There is no problem or contraindication.

#4 Dr. Okun

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 02:02 AM

Agree. I am not aware of any contraindication to blood donation in Parkinson's disease.

Michael S. Okun, M.D.

Author of Amazon Kindle, Paperback and Audio of 10 Breakthrough Therapies for Parkinson's Disease
Author of the Amazon Bestseller Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life
National Medical Director | NPF
UF Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration
Read More about Dr. Okun at: http://movementdisor...hael-s-okun-md/
or Visit Parkinson's Disease treatment and research blogs at:
NPF's What's Hot in Parkinson's disease
or his parkinsonsecrets.com blog for treatment tips





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