I can still remember the moment as if it happened yesterday. I was driving back to university late on a Sunday evening when this weird feeling came over me. To this day, I cannot describe it, other than to say I didn’t feel at all well and it scared the bleep out of me. When I woke up the next morning, my mind felt ‘fuzzy.’ I couldn’t think straight. There was a buzzing sound in my ears. I had difficulty reading the newspaper and following conversations.
I had actually had two similar experiences before this, the first when I was 18 and the second, two years later. On the first two occasions, the symptoms went away after a few days. This time, they didn’t.
In my last post, I listed the experiences that could have been a factor in why I was predisposed to developing a neurological condition like Parkinson’s. I was inspired to write the blog after reading Micheal J Fox’s books, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up.
The medical community tells us that Parkinson’s occurs when dopamine producing cells in the substantia nigra located in the mid-brain begin to prematurely die off. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter involved in, among other things, movement and muscle control, which is what leads to tremoring, loss of balance and so on. What nobody seems to know however, is what causes this premature cell die off.