July 24, 2021
My Mom passed from Parkinson’s and now my sister and I are experiencing some of her early symptoms. We are both having trouble with quaking and shakiness. Is it hereditary?
Chris H. Admin
July 26, 2021
I can certainly understand your concern. Current research estimates that about 15% of Parkinson's cases have a family history. We have more information on that here: https://parkinsonsdisease.net/answers/genetics-potential-for-developing-pd.
If you are suspecting PD, we'd encourage you to reach out to your doctor to discuss your concerns. Hope you can keep us updated. - Chris, ParkinsonsDisease.net Team
July 26, 2021
Hi Cindy : sorry for your loss. My dad had Parkinson’s. He passed some years ago and I had no clue as to the why’s and wherefore’s of PD. Only that he had it. And, I was younger and probably didn’t think it could ever happen to me. ( invincibility wanes with age). Funny how that happens. Well, here I am 68 and 3 years into My PD. Interesting thing is, my sisters show no sign of PD. They are 65&71. So why me?
My life has been one big adventure. Involving chemicals ( the industrial kind) , microwaves ( the military kind) and teaching( the high stress alternative high school kind) I’m not complaining mind you, I wouldn’t change a thing. But, could all of this have lead to Parkinson’s or did I inherit the genes for PD.
I don’t think I’ll ever know. But at this point I probably don’t care, other than to let my kids know it’s hereditary or not.
Cindy, my advice is; stay strong, stay aware, stay connected to a supportive community of family and friends. Do all the things you’ve ever done with as much energy and positivity as you can.