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what are the milder, more subtle symptoms to parkinson's disease?

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Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
Neurology 58 years experience
Many: Mild poverty of movements, falls, writing in small letters (micrographia) inability to change positions especially in bed, diminution of the sense of smell, constipation or urinary problems etc.
Dr. Robert Hutchman
Neurology 24 years experience
Further Detail: Before overt physical symptoms begin, one can experience pre-motor parkinson's issues: the most reliably reported 4 are chronic constipation, chronic depression, anosmia (part or complete loss of smell--which also effects taste appreciation) & rbd. Rbd stands for rem behavior disorder. Rem  (dreaming stage sleep) can be accompanied by acting-out of dreams: talking, kicking, punching, running, etc.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I cope with Parkinson's disease?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology 24 years experience
Control what u can: Though there is no cure for patkinson's, strategies such as medications and remaining active (especially lots of walking, yoga, tai chi, etc) can help ameliorate symptoms, delay developing disability, and some meds (azilect) and exercise may even slow down the disease. Sometimes a support group can help. Also make sure your doctor addresses common non-movement issues in pd like depression.
Dr. William Gaya
Neurology 29 years experience
Learn about the disease. Raise awareness in your community and get involved with the Parkinson's Disease Foundation or Michael J Fox Foundation. Promote research by learning what projects these organizations are funding and by helping them succeed in their goals.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

If I have features of Parkinson's disease does this mean I have Parkinson's disease?

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Dr. Jae Won Joh
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Not necessarily: While Parkinson's disease does have a "classic" or "typical" set of symptoms, these symptoms can also be caused by drugs, toxins, trauma, etc. The only way to determine whether you truly have Parkinson's disease is to see a physician (e.g. Neurologist) who will ask you about your symptoms and perform a physical exam to see if your symptoms are consistent with Parkinson's disease.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for Parkinson's disease?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
No. BUT: Deep brain microsurgery has already produced some remarkable result in select individuals. But my daughter arielle--2nd year neurology resident at nyu--will help find that cure.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Prior to the first evidence, or symptoms of Parkinson's disease, how long has the disease been around?

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Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine 21 years experience
Could be years: The first signs of Parkinson's disease can be very subtle and non specific. Memory changes, balance or gait issues, fatigue. They could easily be overlooked or blamed on another process or fleeting illness. The diagnosis is a clinical one with no definitive test to make a diagnosis. Most cases have been around for months to years before a formal diagnosis is made.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What drugs help with Parkinson's disease?

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Dr. Brad Bobrin
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Several: The mainstays of parkinsons treatment are Dopamine agonists such as Requip and the drug l-dopa (sinemet). Others include comtan, (entacapone) amantadine, selegeline, cogentin. Even ECT can be used in severe cases and there is also experimental surgery. Talk to your neurologist to see what is right for you or your loved one.

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