Shy Drager Syndrome: Johnny Cash?

Johnny Cash was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disease Shy-Drager syndrome. The diagnosis was later altered to autonomic neuropathy associated with diabetes. This illness forced Cash to curtail his touring. He was hospitalized in 1998 with severe pneumonia, which damaged his lungs. What is this Shy Drager Syndrome about?
What happens to you if you get it? Will the Shy Drager Syndrome kill you just like Johnny Cash?

asked by Bella in Music | 6562 views | 12-23-2009 at 02:55 PM

Shy-Drager syndrome is a rare neurological disorder, and according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), more commonly known as multiple system atrophy (MSA). There are three kind of MSA, all of which affect the body in different ways. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that symptoms of Shy Drager syndrome are most prevalent in males older than 60.

Johnny Cash had it.

Muscle Involvement
* Muscle pain and stiffness can be symptoms of MSA. When the muscles in the face are affected, eating and showing facial expressions can be difficult or even impossible to achieve.

Speech Difficulties
* Speech problems may be a result of cerebellar MSA. Normal vocal inflections may be lost, and speech can become slow or slurred.

*Tremors are one of the symptoms of Parkinsonian Shy-Drager syndrome. Stress and fatigue can intensify tremors, according to the NIH.

Shy-Drager syndrome is a very difficult disease. Poor Johnny Cash.

answered by Ness | 12-23-2009 at 02:59 PM

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