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Diseases That Can Affect The Nervous System
Do only genetic diseases affect the nervous system? Or can environmental factors affect the nervous system?
ANATOMICAL: Diseases of brain and spinal cord cause symptoms based on anatomical location of damage. Since a substantial area for balance is located in the cerebellum and brainstem connections, disruption here can result in loss of balance. In alcohol/ nutritional problems, there may be midline cerebellar atrophy leading to gait and leg incoordination. Some cancers have toxins hurting cerebellar neurons. ...Read more
Huge list: If you're having symptoms, talk to your PCP who may send you on to a neurologist. ...Read more
Many answers: There are many answers to this question. There are illnesses that affect the nervous system and nothing else, and there are illnesses that affect many parts of the body, including the nervous system. There are illnesses related to infections, cancer, stroke/vascular disease, degenerative conditions, toxic exposure, inherited illnesses. inflammatory conditions like MS, for example. ...Read more
Neurotransmitters: Parkinson's disease is a multi-neurotransmitter deficiency syndrome in part, with the classical effect on dopamine. This accounts for the tremors and gait instability. At same time deposition of Lewy bodies within the cell body cause cellular death. In many patients, a Parkinsonian dementia arises, which is different from Alzheimer's. ...Read more
Possible: But problems in gastro-intestinal tract in presence of neurological issues are typically secondary to primary brain disorder. However, diabetes can directly affect internal organs, and myopathies and myasthenia can affect swallowing. Parkinson's may cause swallowing issues and constipation. ...Read more
Potential Danger: Botulism or botulism toxin causes paralysis of one's muscles by interfering with a neurotransmitter that facilitates communication between the brain and the muscle. In the past, this toxin produced by a bacteria, often caused death by respiratory suppression. With today's knowledge death is rare. We have learned to utilize the toxin to treat a number of medical conditions. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
If the immune system can aggressively attack and kill all peripheral nerves could the human body function with just the central nervous system?
Too many: There are many diseases that directly or indirectly affect the limbic system. Too many to name in this short space. It might be better to describe the symptoms you are concerned about or consult a neurologist. ...Read more
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