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Doctor insights on: End Stage Parkinsons Disease Symptoms

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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. ...Read more

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Does Parkinson's disease usually cause many symptoms?

Does Parkinson's disease usually cause many symptoms?

But, Rx Available!!!: Dopamine meds are mainstay of treatment. Modern therapy recommends longer lasting, milder potency meds first: Azilect (mao-b selective inhibitor) & Dopamine agonists (requip xl/mirapex er/neupro). After they've been maximized & stronger meds are needed to adequately manage symptoms, then sinemet +/- Comtan (stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) is both together) are begun. Tailor rx with side effects in mind for each person. ...Read more

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Can you get Parkinson's disease symptoms at a young age?

Can you get Parkinson's disease symptoms at a young age?

MAY BE MEDS INDUCED: U have to know the difference bw parkinsonism and parkinson disease, one is genetic and occurs due to depleted Dopamine in substantia nigra, where we make dopamine, and the other could be due to meds especially due to meds causing it especially antipsychotics
may need a neuro consult, if positive for family history. ...Read more

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What is Parkinson's disease and how long does it take for symptoms to occur?

What is Parkinson's disease and how long does it take for symptoms to occur?

Loss of neurons: Many issues still not understood but main feature is a progressive loss/lack of replacement of neurons in a portion of the mid-brain called the substantia nigra. Like most degenerative diseases, it usually progresses for decades before symptoms become apparent: shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement & difficulty with walking; altered stooped & slow gait. ...Read more

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What are signs of Parkinson's disease and how long does it take for symptoms to occur?

Parkinsons: Sounds like you diagnosed yourself. It develops so slowly people around you might not notice. Symptoms include; resting tremor, rigid muscles, slow limited movement, weakness of throat and face muscles, difficulty walking and with balance. Fortunately there are lots of meds to treat it. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are chances for me to experience early symptoms of Parkinson's disease at age 16?

Could you tell me what are chances for me to experience early symptoms of Parkinson's disease at age 16?

Parkinson's disease: The chances are very low. The risk may be higher if you have. A first degree relative with the disease whose condition also started at a very young age. The risk could be higher if thee is a known familial type of parkinson's disease among your relatives. ...Read more

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Is constant yawning a symptom of Parkinson's disease?

Is constant yawning a symptom of Parkinson's disease?

No: No, though people with Parkinson's often have fatigue/ daytime sleepiness issues and disrupted sleep that might cause yawning. The tendency for many with patkinson's to let their mouth droop open could conceivably be confused with yawning as well. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms for Parkinson's disease in children?

Not in kids: Parkinson's disease is a disease usually of the old though a few people develop it in middle age. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What symptoms of Parkinson's disease does mirapex (pramipexole) help?

What symptoms of Parkinson's disease does mirapex (pramipexole) help?

Motor symptoms: Mirapex (pramipexole) is good for the motor symptoms of parkinson disease. It should help the tremors, rigidity, and to some degree the bradykinesia. Mirapex (pramipexole) also has good data for depression, which is very common in parkinson disease. It will not help symptoms such as dementia, and may aggravate things like hallucinations and hypotension. ...Read more

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Which symptoms of Parkinson's disease will mirapex (pramipexole) help?

Early Parkinson's: Would use this for mild and early disease, usually, and it may help tremor, stiffness, and even gait, but likely will benefit for maximum of 2 years. Early usage may prevent later dyskinesias or at least delay need for l-dopa when disease is worse, can use for add on benefit, and may stabilize for a time. ...Read more

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How does eldepryl (selegiline) manage symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

How does eldepryl (selegiline) manage symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

It boosts dopamine!!: Eldepryl is o/w called selegine or zelapar (oral-disintegrating form). It's a mao-i (mono amine oxidase inhibitor) which slows the breakdown of dopamine, the central chemical deficient in parkinson's. Thereby it boosts the natural Dopamine made by the brain or the synthetic Dopamine in sinemet. Thus, symptoms are more fully & consistently treated. Azilect (rasagiline) is a much better modern choice, however. ...Read more

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Is unresponsiveness a common problem in the end stages of Parkinson's disease?

Yes: Unfortunately, people with Parkinson's often go from ambulatory and verile to bed-bound and senile in the end stages. Many medications can delay this progression, but once it gets to that point, hospice is a great option for care. ...Read more

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What are the early signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease? Also, behaviours?

What are the early signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease? Also, behaviours?

Tremors: Parkinson's if most often a disease of mid- to late- life (ages 50 and up). But, as michael j. Fox shows, it can happen early to some people. Parkinson's disease usually manifests as a certain kind of tremor. The affected person's face can be less mobile or expressive, and, eventually, it becomes harder and harder to initiate movements, like standing up from a chair. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and symptoms of nerve damage?

How can you distinguish the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and symptoms of nerve damage?

See below: Trauma to peripheral nerve causes local pain, numbness, weakness. Parkinson's, affects older males more than females, and is associated with resting tremor, gait imbalance, muscular stiffness, masked facies, perhaps loss of cognition, trouble swallowing, constipation, etc. A good neurologist can sort this out and direct therapy. ...Read more

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What regions of the basal ganglia might, if inhibited, result in alleviation of Parkinson's disease symptoms?

What regions of the basal ganglia might, if inhibited, result in alleviation of Parkinson's disease symptoms?

DBS: The technique of deep brain stimulation, inserting electrodes into areas of the basal ganglia and sub thalamic nucleus can substantially assist Parkinson's patients who still respond to L-DOPA ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

What are the symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

Several key issues!!: Physical symptoms can include tremor of limbs at rest>in posture or in action; slow movements & stiff (rigid) muscles causing quiet facial emotions, softer voice, bent forward head & neck posture, decreased arm swing, slow-shuffled walk, small/scratchy penmanship, etc. Non-physical symptoms can include cognitive decline, depression, anxiety, sleepiness, constipation, ed, low bp, acting-out dreams. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

What are the symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

Further Detail: Physical symptoms can include tremor of limbs at rest>in posture or in action; slow movements & stiff (rigid) muscles causing quiet facial emotions, softer voice, bent forward head & neck posture, decreased arm swing, slow-shuffled walk, small/scratchy penmanship, etc. Non-physical symptoms can include cognitive decline, depression, anxiety, sleepiness, constipation, ed, low bp, acting-out dreams. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

What are the symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

Tremors: Initially, one may notice only a unilateral tremor when the hand is resting. Later there can be imbalance and stiffness using arms and legs, but pts can also experience cognitive changes, and problems with swallowing. The issues are progressive, but can be treated and often very well controlled. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the main symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

What are the main symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

Here's a brief list: Physical symptoms can include tremor of limbs at rest>in posture or in action; slow movements & stiff (rigid) muscles causing quiet facial emotions, softer voice, bent forward head & neck posture, decreased arm swing, slow-shuffled walk, small/scratchy penmanship, etc. Non-physical symptoms can include cognitive decline, depression, anxiety, sleepiness, constipation, ed, low bp, acting-out dreams. ...Read more

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What can be initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

What can be initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

Several Things: 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. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

Here's a Brief list: Physical symptoms can include tremor of limbs at rest>in posture or in action; slow movements & stiff (rigid) muscles causing quiet facial emotions, softer voice, bent forward head & neck posture, decreased arm swing, slow-shuffled walk, small/scratchy penmanship, etc. Non-physical symptoms can include cognitive decline, depression, anxiety, sleepiness, constipation, ed, low bp, acting-out dreams. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of the onset of Parkinson's disease?

What are symptoms of the onset of Parkinson's disease?

Tremor, Poor Control: Tremor or poor control of movement are typical presenting signs. Loss of smell can also be a sign of pd. ...Read more

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What is Parkinson's disease and what are the symptoms?

What is Parkinson's disease and what are the symptoms?

Loss of dopamine: Gradual loss of Dopamine cells in the brain and specifically an area called substantial nigra leads to a group of clinical symptoms and signs: tremor at rest, slow movements, rigid muscles, gait shuffling, lack of facial expression, small handwriting etc. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of young onset of Parkinson's disease?

What are symptoms of young onset of Parkinson's disease?

See below: Most often there is a unilateral resting tremor in hand, but occasionally there may be vague stiffness or gait imbalance. On occasion, one might see chronic constipation, or impaired swallowing which seems nonspecific, and unilateral foot dystonia, or cramping may occur very early. If there is a question or if runs in your family, see a neurologist. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

What are the most common symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

Slowing: Parkinson's disease is identified by a resting tremor, shuffling gate, rigid extremities, slow movements, and a flat affect (emotionless expression). These symptoms may appear differently during different stages of the disease. A neurologist can evaluate you for Parkinson's disease, and prescribe medications that can help with the movement disorder symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease?

What are the symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease?

Several..: Parkinson's is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra. Early in the course of the disease, the symptoms are movement-related; these include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive issues: dementia and depression. ...Read more