Hi harriet, your story is very sad, (See post below – 9 May 2012 – 11.04am) I do hope he is getting the help he deserves. This is probably just a coincidence, but my mother in law had a hip replacement operation four years ago. She too struggled to recover. Last year, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. My husband and I took her away on holiday last week. and after spending the week with her, and checking her symptoms, I really believe she has MSA. Her symptoms have progressed rapidly. She struggles to dress and walk and even in 30 degree heat, she felt cold to the touch. She stares, and goes dizzy and randomly cries, her speech is monotone almost a mumble. Does anyone know if the medication for Parkinson’s is different to MSA? Should I intervene and speak to her doctor?