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Doctor insights on: Can Weight Make Parkinsons Worse

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Any disabling disease worse than parkinsons?

Its relative: The question doesn't really make sense because comparing morbidity of different diseases is impossible. Suffice it to say, infortunately, that there are many bad diseases to suffer from abd that most of them end badly. ...Read more

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Why is my parkinson tremor worse in the afternoon?

Why is my parkinson tremor worse in the afternoon?

Timing of meds?: If you're taking medicine for parkinson's, the timing of your medicine dosing may have a lot to do with the timing of your tremor intensity. ...Read more

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Can stress make parkinson worse?

Can stress make parkinson worse?

Yes: Stress has a negative effect on almost all medical conditions, particularly cental nervous system problems. ...Read more

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What is worse, MS or parkinson's?

What is worse, MS or parkinson's?

Not fair to compare: Any neurological disease can take an immense tole, and both can result in substantial disability. Ms affects younger people, and therefore, can rob future potential. But parkinson's can destroy aging and retirement. Since we cannot choose, and are at risk due to genetic susceptibility, we can only adapt to our future destinies. ...Read more

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Is there any treatments to overcome worsening of sppech with Parkinsons? Is there any medications?

Is there any treatments to overcome worsening of sppech with Parkinsons? Is there any medications?

Ehhh-Yes BUT---: JUST medications to help with speech changes in PD is far from ROBUST although some people (and some studies) suggest they work...at least for a while. However, combination between optimal medication for PD combined with BEHAVIORAL SPEECH THERAPY is likely far superior in the majority of individuals. Univ. Of Indiana has one called TWANG THERAPY. Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) is another. ...Read more

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I have Parkinson's and since having dbs I have put on a significant amount of weight. I do not overeat and am teetotal.

I have Parkinson's and since having dbs I have put on a significant amount of weight. I do not overeat and am teetotal.

Compulsive snacking?: Hi tony--we know for a fact that there is absolutely nothing inherent to dbs treatment that will cause patients to gain weight. It's all a matter of calories eaten vs calories burned exercising. Compulsive behaviors, including eating/snacking are common in pd. And we can occasionally see these issues worsen after dbs (<10%). So, look at how much you're really eating & exercise more! Good luck :). ...Read more

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Can walking everyday help me lose weight? I have early stages of Parkinson's and I eat very healthy but I need to lose weight.

Can walking everyday help me lose weight? I have early stages of Parkinson's and I eat very healthy but I need to lose weight.

Yes: Walking every day is a healthy way to lose weight. Focus on eating healthily with an emphasis on small portions. See your doctor or a nutritionist for more advice. ...Read more

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I had parkinson disease for 12 years now. With my daily medication no one will know I have this ailment. Wouldn't my age 62 cause it to be worse?

I had parkinson disease for 12 years now. With my daily medication no one will know I have this ailment. Wouldn't my age 62 cause it to be worse?

Not necessarily: Congratulations on having a medication regimen that keeps the disease in check. Parkinson diseae affects different people differently; be happy you have control right now! ...Read more

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I have Parkinson's & have just started to cut down on repinerole & have started taking Entacapone. Why has my tremor got worse?

ROpinirole: Dopamine agonists such as and especially rOpinirole are particularly effective for tremor. You realize of course that rOpinirole and entacapone do completely different things. Entacapone isn't a dopamine agonist; it is an adjunct to levodopa to prolong its effect. One drug doesn't replace the other. ...Read more

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Can walking everyday help me lose weight? I have early stages of Parkinson's and need to lose weight. I eat healthy but it's not enough.

Can walking everyday help me lose weight? I have early stages of Parkinson's and need to lose weight. I eat healthy but it's not enough.

Yes: The best exercise to lose weight is the type of exercise you'll be able to do and do consistently. So walking is an excellent option. As you are already correctly doing, eating healthy is intimately connected to exercise as two key ingredients in any successful weight loss program. Wishing you good health and happiness! ...Read more

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I have lupus & now migraines are getting worse & starting to get tingling down r side. Mom has Parkinson's should I be concerned that I may have it?

No: Your symptoms do not sound like parkinson's. Migraine headaches in systemic lupus are very common. Not sure if you have tingling down right arm, leg, face? See a neurologist. It's likely that there is treatment to help your quality of life. ...Read more

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I'm being treated for essential tremor but I'm worried it may be parkinson's. I'm on propranolol but they are no longer working and shakes are worse?

I'm being treated for essential tremor but I'm worried it may be parkinson's. I'm on propranolol but they are no longer working and shakes are worse?

Tremor types: Some factors which tend to point to essential (rather than parkinson's) tremor: young age, any benefit from Propranolol or beta-blockers, family history of tremor, tremor goes away during sleep, tremor is made worse with action (zippers, spoons, coins) but goes away when hands are at rest. You may benefit from an increase in med dosage or adding another med to reduce tremor. Good luck! ...Read more

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I started symptoms of parkinsons. Loss of smell almost total now. Ridgity and loss of balence has gotten worse. Would isradipine help. Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) helped.?

I started symptoms of parkinsons. Loss of smell almost total now. Ridgity and loss of balence has gotten worse. Would isradipine help. Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) helped.?

Maybe, see below.: Isradipine has had some small studies that suggest it might be helpful, but we really don't know. There are many other medicines out there that are fda approved that will help more. Sinemet as you mentioned is one. Other medicines include the Dopamine imposters such as mirapex, requip, and neupro (rotigotine). I would recommend one of these before trying isradipine, which may not do much symptomatically. ...Read more

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My mom, Safia, 60 years old, resident of Pakistan has drug induced parkinsonism, which is bothering a lot & worsening. Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) 25/250 every 4.5 hours?

My mom, Safia, 60 years old, resident of Pakistan has drug induced parkinsonism, which is bothering a lot & worsening. Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) 25/250 every 4.5 hours?

Tachyphylaxis.: Dosing of Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) is a little strange, requiring front loading in the day and a long gap at night without dosing. If taken like most other medications, on a more regular dosing interval, tachyphylaxis develops, which essentially means the efficacy of the medication reduces. ...Read more

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I have Wolff parkinson white syndrome is it safe for me to take ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and caffeine to lose weight faster? I work out daily and eat healthy

I have Wolff parkinson white syndrome is it safe for me to take ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and caffeine to lose weight faster?  I work out daily and eat healthy

Probably not: Probably not a goid idea as they can potentially induce cardiac arrythmias. I would check with your doctor, but doubt he would recommend them. ...Read more

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I have parkinson's, chronic pain frm numerous low back surgery can only do 30 min of cardio 2x a week, I eat healthy will that b enough 2 lose weight?

I have parkinson's, chronic pain frm numerous low back surgery can only do 30 min of cardio 2x a week, I eat healthy will that b enough 2 lose weight?

If your: Meals are well-balanced ; of lower calories, your cardio program should be of benefit in wt loss program- keep it up!--. ...Read more

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Over the last 3 years various different muscles twitch with my mother. Our doc says it a touch of Parkinson's. Will the twitching get worse.

Over the last 3 years various different muscles twitch with my mother. Our doc says it a touch of Parkinson's. Will the twitching get worse.

See neurologist: "Touch of Parkinson's" may turn out to be full-blown Parkinson's disease, or other progressive problem as time passes. Treatments are available, but get this properly assessed, diagnosed, and managed. Need specialty involvement. ...Read more

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18yr female. Hand tremors since 11yrs. Only one in family with it, but gam has Parkinson's. Worse w/ anxiety. Want to be a surgeon. How to get rid of it?

18yr female. Hand tremors since 11yrs. Only one in family with it, but gam has Parkinson's. Worse w/ anxiety. Want to be a surgeon. How to get rid of it?

There are options: Most tremors are fine or not worrisome. Some are worse under stress, lack of sleep, or during fine movements. Most essential tremors can be improved or resolved with low dose medications or by limiting caffeine etc. So I doubt that your tremor would prevent you from accomplishing your goals. That said ask your doctor to evaluate your tremor and give you a recommendation. ...Read more

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Tremors in hands, weak legs, dizzy, numbing/tingling in hands and feet, weight loss. Got MRI, no MS. ALS? Parkinsons? It's not anxiety. 17yrs old

Tremors in hands, weak legs, dizzy, numbing/tingling in hands and feet, weight loss. Got MRI, no MS. ALS? Parkinsons? It's not anxiety. 17yrs old

Hmmm: No way to tell with those history elements alone. Please follow up with your doctor to share more history and be assessed further. A neurologist would be a good choice as well. Good luck figuring it out ...Read more

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Tremors in hands, weak legs, dizzy, some numbing/tingling in hands and feet, weight loss. Got MRI, no MS. Is it ALS? Parkinsons? It's not anxiety.

Tremors in hands, weak legs, dizzy, some numbing/tingling in hands and feet, weight loss. Got MRI, no MS. Is it ALS? Parkinsons? It's not anxiety.

Tremors: With these symptoms you need to see a good diagnostician and I would start with my family doctor. He will probably start with a complete blood panel and exclude all metabolic disease. If this is all normal that he will be able to send you to the appropiate specialist to treat your condition. Do not try to self diagnose. ...Read more

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Is parkinson’s disease hereditary?

Yes: Although the causes are multifactorial and sometimes poorly understood, there is a hereditary component. Keep in mind, that even though a parent may have it, it does not mean that it will be necessarily passed on. The tendency, however, may be there. ...Read more

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Why does medication for parkinson’s produce an on/off effect?

Why does medication for parkinson’s produce an on/off effect?

Dose?: Depends on the medication but some parkinson medication required "drug holiday" to allow the drug to clear and be restarted, some medications work differently causing brekthrough symptoms. It could be that dosing needs adjusted as well. ...Read more

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Can dysarthria due to parkinsons' s disease be cured?

Can dysarthria due to parkinsons' s disease be cured?

Control perhaps: Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder, which responds to several medicines, but cannot be cured at this time. The speech problems may respond to medication adjustments, and perhaps benefit if deep brain stimulation is used. Sometimes speech therapy might work. ...Read more

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What is parkinsons?

What is parkinsons?

PD summary: Parkinson disease is a disease where cells in the brain that produce a chemical called Dopamine start to die. We don't know why. When you lose enough (~66%), you start to show the symptoms which include tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement, and balance problems. There can also be "non-motor" symptoms such as constipation, depression, and fatigue. Movement disorder neurologists treat this. ...Read more