I haven't been here before.
Thank you for your responses.
I truly do believe that it is environmental, for the most part.
So, what kinds of things that you were exposed to do you think caused it?
Lauren Sue (our CL here) was diganosed much earlier than I was.
Welcome to the Parkinson's board. I'm sorry I wasn't able to respond to your post sooner but, as Chris briefly explained, I had a lot of things going on last week including my daughter's bout with viral meningitis.
I'm so sorry to hear about your brother's advancing case of Parkinson's. What an emotional time for your family. And I was sorry to read of your Mother's passing a decade ago after struggling with Parkison's.
now you asked: " had heard that only the early on-set (like Michael J. Fox) was hereditary." If I remember correctly, Michael J. Fox is the only one in his family who has had PD and his is not hereditary. I do recall them thinking it may have been environmental (like a pesticide exposure or some other cause) as there was a cluster of people who worked on a Canadian sitcom with him when he was younger who came down with the disease, too. Although we do have two members on the this board that I can think of off the top of my head with family members who have Parkinson's (Chris & Ruth both have mother's with PD)
The mayo Clinic said this plan & simple on their site about Parkinson's:
Heredity. Having a close relative with Parkinson's increases the chances that you'll also develop the disease, although your risk is still no more than about 4 to 6 percent.
and from an online PD guide:
Parkinson’s disease is not generally thought to be a hereditary disease in that it doesn’t get passed from one generation to another, however the risk of getting the disease if someone in your family has it is slightly increased. Genetic factors are linked this way just as heart disease and diabetes are, though the exact reason why genetic factors are increased remains unclear.
okay, I'm back to add more to my previous post (assuming Daniel is finally asleep for the night). Now I agree with those who think your Brother's is environmental, especially when you said:
"My brother did alot of welding" Welding has been considered a possible cause of PD.
if you do a simple google search typing Welding and Parkinson's you'll see a ton of Lawyer sites come up
Hi Lauren Sue,
Thanks for your response.