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    Stunning Video Shows Parkinson’s Patient Before and After Turning ‘Deep Brain’ Treatment Device Off

    Patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease lose some of their motor function, leading to violent trembling, rigidity and stiffness, among other symptoms. There are a variety of treatments for this disease, one of the most invasive being Deep Brain Stimulation.

    A New Zealand man who had this procedure done — neurotransmitters were placed deep in his brain in areas where electrical nerve signals create the symptoms of Parkinson’s — and recently showed what he is like with the Deep Brain Stimulation device turned on and off. And the video is stunning.

    Andrew Johnson, the 35-year-old Auckland man and author of the blog Young and Shaky, wrote that he was “curious about what would happen when I turned my neuro-stimulator off.” He explained he would be flying and wanted to be prepared if going through airport security screeners would turn off the implanted device, which he wrote was known to happen.

    Since having DBS neurotransmitters implanted in 2012 and earlier this year, Johnson wrote he had never turned them off before.

    “Can shake some quality cocktails with the right and the left just looks like the royal wave,” Johnson said of his hands shaking after turning off the device.

    Johnson not only can’t control his movement, but also has a hard time speaking without the DBS implant on.

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    My former boss went through this procedure recently. Until then, medications had kept the Parkinson's symptoms in check, but when they began to lose their effectiveness, he opted for the deep brain stim. It's fascinating stuff. Thanks for sharing the video.

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    Now THAT is a fucking disease.

    Poor guy, happy for them that they have found this treatment. I can remember reading about it a while ago, but have never seen it demonstrated like that. Cool stuff, thanks for posting.
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