8 in 8 wrote:
It's not easy to arrive at diagnosis of Parkinson's disease even with direct examination especially in the early stage, much more from afar. Although there is NO specific test that will conclusively diagnose Parkinson's disease, certain tests/labs are ordered to rule out other conditions. With periodic neurological examination/observation, especially with symptoms becoming more evident (eg., resting tremor, slowed movement, etc.) and with test results that can't be linked to other conditions, Parkinson's disease becomes the primary diagnosis. After a few years, some people with Parkinson's disease eventually develop Parkinson's Disease Dementia - for example, memory deficits (short-term memory such as asking same question that's already been answered), disorientation (getting lost in familiar places), difficulty performing simple tasks.
Whether Pacquiao develops Parkinson's Disease or not, only time will tell. However, if I were him, I'd at least take note of the concerns expressed by doctors. The comment of the other doctor (Dr. Fortun) seems to make more sense. Her remarks about the potential adverse effects of blows to the head (brain displacement) in football players and boxers, is right on the money. Pacquiao, she said, actually had two major blows to the head (brain) when he was KO'd by JMM. The first was JMM's powerful overhand right itself, and the second was when Pacquiao hit his head against the canvass ("double whammy"). Actually, you may also add all the hits to head Pacquiao received in the course of his 17-year career as a boxer. Example, did you see those powerful uppercuts that Pacquiao received from Cotto and Margarito? Although he didn't seem hurt, looked like those punches really shook his head enough to create some jarring to the brain.
I'm sure the Pactards will spit venom in their responses but I'd say it, anyway. If Pacquiao has plans to run for President of RP when he turns 40, IMHO, he should retire now and save himself further blows to the brain which may lead to the point of no return, the "event horizon," toward Parkinson's Disease and subsequent Dementia. He may win the Presidency, but he may become so decrepit to run the country. I am not Manny Pacquiao and it's not my brain. But, if I were Pacquiao, this time I'd play it smart and retire. Better safe than sorry. Quit while you're ahead. As the gambler would say, "Know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em." Well, whatever Pacquiao decides, may God bless him.