A 48-year-old member asked:
are the symptoms of parkinson's disease different in younger than older folks?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Luis Villaplana answered
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Tend to be more : Severe in the young.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
Dr. Robert Hutchman answered
23 years experience Neurology
Yes, in some ways: Young patients are more likely to develop inconsistent symptom relief ("on" vs "off" states) & dyskinesia (writhing, twisting, jerking movements). This is because they live longer with pd & have a longer period over which their brain degenerates & makes mal-adaptive changes to compensate, causing these problems. They may also develop pd younger because they have a more severe form to begin with.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
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