Attending a recent public speaking engagement, a lady wanted to know what question am I most frequently asked? I didn’t have to think very hard, as one particular question immediately sprang to mind: “Which disease disturbs you more?” My answer is: Parkinson’s is undoubtedly more bothersome for it is relentless in demanding my attention 24/7 and never gives up.
A few symptoms overlap, and are the same for both diseases, which are extreme fatigue, pain in limbs, difficulty in walking and serious constipation. These symptoms are difficult to pinpoint the origins, as to whether they are Gaucher or Parkinson’s related, or a combination of both.
However when Gaucher disease decides to take front stage, Parkinson’s has to step back and wait in the wings. Bone problems with Gaucher disease can be of a most painful and serious nature, sometimes requiring hospitalisation and even surgery in extreme cases.