The chemical dopamine is produced naturally in the body and functions as a neurotransmitter, playing a role in the pleasure and reward pathway of the brain as well as in memory and motor control. When dopamine levels fall low symptoms such as depression, mood swings, poor attention and food cravings can occur.
Low muscle tone, weakness
Drugs normally prescribed for Parkinsons Disease
Tgen Center for Rare Childhood Disorders
Shelby spent the first 10 years of her life in a wheelchair before discovering her brain was not producing Dopamine. After researchers at Tgen decoded her DNA, they were able to put her on a treatment plan. She has been wheelchair free for over three years.
Contributed by MOM Renee Valint
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