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Recent diagnosis after gastric sleeve surgery

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I had gastric sleeve surgery in June of 2015 and lost 80 pounds and got to my goal weight in 6 months. I started getting tremors in my right hand and leg 3 months after the surgery. I thought it would go away, thought I needed my thyroid meds adjusted or even thought it could be in my head. A year later I finally went to a movement disorder specialist and was diagnosed with the early stages of Parkinson's. That was about one month ago. I wasn't put on any Parkinson meds because my symptoms are being controlled by a beta blocker med (Inderal). I have an appointment next month with a dr in NYC for a second opinion. There have been some articles that I have seen online connecting weight loss surgery to Parkinson but it's generally due to vitamin deficiency as a result of a poor diet after the surgery. I eat very healthy and get blood tests every 3 months to check my vitamin levels, which have been fine. Any thoughts on this?

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I heard a geneticist at our local PD support group say that we all have the genetic possibility to develop PD and other neurological disorders and that a trigger event can set PD in motion. My trigger event was a motorcycle accident in 1998. Recent studies show a link between PD and higher levels of inflammation markers in the blood. What they don't know is which happens first: Trauma and inflammation resulting in PD, or PD creating inflammation. The geneticist's phrase was, "Genetics loads the gun and the environment pulls the trigger." Your theory makes sense to me.

 

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DaisyGirl

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

I'm sorry about the PD diagnosis- and on top of other health issues too! But it is manageable- as incurable neurological disorders go it's not so bad????

 

I think your theory is as good as any. There's also a theory that's been put forward multiple times on this forum that surgery of any type can trigger PD. And what Dianne said about genetics playing a role is almost certainly true. For instance PD runs in my family but I'm the only Yong onset-er. Did my brain surgery bring it on early? I certainly don't know.

 

And again I say welcome- I'm sorry you needed to find us but so glad that you did.

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