As my husband and I were interviewing Joy Milne, a retired nurse in Perth, Scotland on her ability to detect Parkinson’s Disease (PD) through smell only, she revealed to us a surprising fact about her late husband, Les, who was a physician anesthesiologist:

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At 37 years old, while exuding a new musky smell, Les became hypersexual with Joy and sexually disinhibited in public. Les started asking Joy to wear skimpy lingerie and he wanted to use sex toys during intercourse. (All of this was new behavior.) Formerly a quiet family man, Les became flirtatious with various women at work and at parties, wanting to kiss and cuddle with coworkers and friends. This change of behavior happened over a couple of months. Les wasn’t aware that there was anything wrong with that conduct.

Les also became more irritable, sometimes violent and aggressive, sometimes abusing Joy with a scathing diatribe he could not believe he had said afterward.  Later that same year, Les became more agitated in bed at night, speaking in his sleep, moving his legs and arms violently without being aware of it or waking up during his movements. This night time agitation was associated with dreams of chasing people or being chased. One night, Joy found him sweating, kneeling on the bed in a position of having a gun and shooting blackberries off bushes while being fast asleep. All those symptoms — sexual disinhibition, scathing diatribe, agitation in bed while being fast asleep, were a change of behavior from the previous years, and at the beginning of these changes, Joy thought Les might have a braintumor. But it later developed that these changes were the beginning of his Parkinson’s Disease, which was only diagnosed eight years later when the first resting tremors started.

At the same time the sexual disinhibition started, Les’ erections became weaker and at 41, he became impotent despite a continued sexual disinhibition. Les stopped working as an anesthesiologist at age 50 and died of PD in 2015 at age 65.

Originally Published on Psychology Today

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