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Please help! What is the main difference between alzheimers' and parkinsons' disease?

Please help! What is the main difference between alzheimers' and parkinsons' disease?

Movements: Alzheimer's disease affects mainly memory and other cognitive functions. Parkinson's disease affects movements, either by tremor or by rigidity. It does not affect cognitive functions in the early stages.

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Parkinson. Slowness movement, beginning state. 2 guide fr 2 doctors: 1st: sifrol 250; 2nd: trivastal 50mg, lioresal (baclofen) 10mg, artane 2mg. Which one better?

Parkinson. Slowness movement, beginning state. 2 guide fr 2 doctors: 1st: sifrol 250; 2nd: trivastal 50mg, lioresal (baclofen) 10mg, artane 2mg. Which one better?

Critique: Trivastal, a newer Dopamine agonist, is not available in the usa, but might be a choice. Sifrol, pramipexole, is likely your safest and best starting drug. There is no role for lioresal, (baclofen) and Artane is literally "poison" and is not used in the usa. Choose the doc who recommended sifrol.

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Do some causes cause a more rapid progression of parkinson's?

Do some causes cause a more rapid progression of parkinson's?

Generally yes: The rate of progression in parkinson's disease varies among patients. Currently, however there is no good way to distinguish between rapid and slow progressers. In one study, 25% of patients were seriously disabled or dead 5 yrs after onset. This number increased to 80% at 10 to 14 yrs. A few patients were found to have limited diability at 20 years, but this was not typical.

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How can exercise and massage benefit patients with final stage of Parkinson's disease?

How can exercise and massage benefit patients with final stage of Parkinson's disease?

Mostly palliative: Parkinson's disease can be very painful, and massage may help some of this. Exercise is vital to slow deterioration, as, if the pt becomes immobilized, it may be close to impossible to resume the prior level of functioning.

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Can Parkinson's disease symptoms be slowed down?

Yes: Parkinsons disease cannot be cured but can be helped by medication and other treatments. See this site for more info. Http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/parkinsons-disease/ds00295.

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I have parkinson disease for 40 years and at the same I had a stroke for 6 months. What exercise can I do for my left arm and leg on the move again?

PT/OT: Range of motion, resistance, strength and balance require attention. A good physical & occupational therapist will be able to train you. You have parkinson's for 40 years and you are currently 47 yo?

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Why can t healthy dopaminergic neurons be moved into the area of parkinson s affected neurons to treat parkinson s disease?

Why can t healthy dopaminergic neurons be moved into the area of parkinson s affected neurons to treat parkinson s disease?

Not so simple: Most of the dopaminergic neurons end in the substantia nigra of the midbrain, originating in various deep brain structures. These nerves are already affected by the disease. Unaffected nerves of course still remain but remain connected to brainstem. So outside nerve cells (from another source like stem cells are needed) nerves don't like to be moved around anyway, because they often die.

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Is there current use of stem cells to treat Parkinson's disease in the u.S.?

Is there current use of stem cells to treat Parkinson's disease in the u.S.?

Not yet: Neurotransplantation as a treatment for parkinson disease reached the stage of human trials over 15 years ago, but the field, which is still in its infancy, has encountered a number of roadblocks since then, both political and scientific. With hope that stem cells may be used as a new source of dopaminergic neurons to replace the degenerating nerve cells in parkinson disease looming.

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Can toxic substances cause parkinson’s disease?

Parkinsonism: Yes. There is evidence that certain chemicals and pesticides can cause parkinsonism. We are now experiencing an epidemic of parkinsonism but it is not clear why this is happening.

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Can you tell me in Parkinson's disease, does dopamine loss occur merely in the striatum or does it occur in the s.niagra too?

Can you tell me in Parkinson's disease, does dopamine loss occur merely in the striatum or does it occur in the s.niagra too?

Pigmented nuclei: The dopamine loss involves predominantly the basal ganglia area, but also involves dorsal vagal nucleus, substantial nigra, and areas of any dopamine interaction within brain and brain stem. But, to be complete, Parkinson's is a multi-neurotransmitter degenerative deficiency syndrome with other neurotransmitter systems involved.

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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.

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Has there ever been a child or a teen diagnosed with Parkinson's disease?

Has there ever been a child or a teen diagnosed with Parkinson's disease?

Sort of...: There are certainly diseases and conditions that damage the same areas of the brain as parkinson's disease, most notably kernicterus (consequence of severe neonatal jaundice).

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My sister says she has Parkinson's disease. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My sister says she has Parkinson's disease. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Genetics: Parkinson disease is thought to have some sort of genetic risk factor, although it seems that most cases of parkinson disease are sporadic (meaning they "just happened" and were not inherited). One study showed 1st degree relatives of a person w/ pd to be 2.3 times more likely to get it. A genetic link is more likely when a person gets pd at an age younger than 50.

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Does Parkinson's disease affect a certain ethnic group or gender?

Does Parkinson's disease affect a certain ethnic group or gender?

No and yes: Does not seem to be much of an ethnic variation in my experience, as I seem to have equal numbers of blacks and whites suffering this disorder. However, do find discrepancies in incidence, as many sources say 500, 000 and others 1.5 million in usa. If we take the latter figure, the proportion of men to women is 3 to 1 (the reverse of ms incidence!).

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Are there over-the-counter medications that can help with Parkinson's disease pain?

Important issue: Most patients with parkinson's disease encounter significant pain, often a profound challenge, as many doctors are not aware of how significant this can become. Core approach involves careful control of the tremors and stiffness by usage of basic meds, but in some cases, pain med patches are of value. Although otc pain meds may help, more aggressive drugs may be needed. Pain cremes may help.

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What can you tell me about Parkinson's disease and its impact on the nervous system?

What can you tell me about Parkinson's disease and its impact on the nervous system?

Comments: Very complex, but it is a multi neurotransmitter deficiency syndrome, predominantly affecting dopamine. Problems include tremor at rest, stiffness, gait imbalance, swallowing and bowel problems, changes in cognition, and pain, to name a few. Bad disorder, which needs close neurological supervision.