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Does Exercise Help Slow Down The Progression Of Parkinsons Disease
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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?
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
MyMom is experiencing resting tremor. Her right hand is shaking at rest. Are there any tests to diagnose tremor and parkinson differently? .What kind of medicine can she use, Is the use of medicine impotant tolesson the progression or it won't change.
See a neurologist: There are a variety of causes of tremor at rest but the best way for an evaluation is to see an expert which would be a neurologist.
What exercise can help Parkinson's disease? A loved one has Parkinson's disease and I'm curious as to what kind of physical activity would not only be appropriate, but beneficial as well.
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?
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.
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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!).
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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