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If I have 'freezing spells' due to parkinson's, what can I do to keep moving?

If I have 'freezing spells' due to parkinson's, what can I do to keep moving?

Parkinson's rigidity: My first recommendation is to consult with your primary care physician or neurologist to verify that the dose of your parkinson's medication is appropriate for you. There has been a great deal of research showing great benefits of exercise/physical therapy as part of the treatment plan for parkinson's disease associated rigidity. ...Read more

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Freezing (Definition)

Freezing is to mean turning liquid into solid form by lowering the temperature. Water begins to freeze at 32 degree f or 0 degree celsius. Freezing reduces the movement of the substance/object--solid. Also commonly used in daily communication--police says to a perpetraitor "freeze" and hopefully the bad boy/girl stays solid/still (just for fun :-)). Have ...Read more


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Rephrasing my question. My Stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) controls my Parkinson's but some times when I take it, I get stiff and have trouble moving. What is causing this ?

Rephrasing my question. My Stalevo (carbidopa and levodopa and entacapone) controls my Parkinson's but some times when I take it, I get stiff and have trouble moving. What is causing this ?

Parkinsonism: Some medications for Parkinson's disease are more effective for tremor control than for the rigidity and bradykinesia(slowness of movement) seen in that disease. Perhaps your neurologist will change or add to your current treatment program if you report this problem with him/her. ...Read more

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Is difficulty moving neck during panic attack related to parkinson disease?

Is difficulty moving neck during panic attack related to parkinson disease?

Not usually: Stiff movements can be a part of parkinsons disease. This is usually a separate issue that a panic attack. ...Read more

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Why does a decrease in glutamate rduce abnormal movements in parkinson's?

Why does a decrease in glutamate rduce abnormal movements in parkinson's?

Decrease stim: Glutamate is a nerve receptor that can cause neuroexcititory and neruodegenerative disease. If glutamate release can be controlled, then some of the movements associated with parkinson's can be reduced. Drugs that decrease glutamate release are being use in the early, mild form of parkinson's. ...Read more

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I have frozen shoulder. I keep reading this problem "not uncommonly precedes the diagnosis of Parkinson's". Am I likely to get it? Some family have.

I have frozen shoulder. I keep reading this problem "not uncommonly precedes the diagnosis of Parkinson's". Am I likely to get it? Some family have.

More commonly seen-: -in diabetes, or idiopathic. usually bilateral, one after the other, mainly women of your age. I have treated many and have not seen any develop Parkinson's. if your last few words mean some of you family have developed Parkinson's, I would think the familial cause is way greater than a frozen shoulder. ...Read more

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How often does frozen shoulder lead to Parkinsons? Have frozen shoulder, idiopathic cervical dystonia. Uncle (age 82), grandmother with Parkinsons.

How often does frozen shoulder lead to Parkinsons? Have frozen shoulder,  idiopathic cervical dystonia. Uncle (age 82), grandmother with Parkinsons.

Never: A frozen shoulder can come from many causes ... but it does not CAUSE a degenerative brain disease like Parkinson's disease, where the brain has trouble communicating with the muscles. You may wish to see a genetic counselor to assess your RISK of getting Parkinson's disease with two relatives having the illness. Good luck! ...Read more

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With uncle and grandmother having Parkinsons, me having cervical dystonia + frozen shoulder, what are the chances I too will soon develop Parkinson's?

With uncle and grandmother having Parkinsons, me having cervical dystonia + frozen shoulder, what are the chances I too will soon develop Parkinson's?

Family inheritance: Good question. Is your uncle the son of your grandmother? If yes, there is a chance THEY could have an inherited form. If your parents do not have Parkinsons, you probably will not either. There is not much relation of cervical dystonia, frozen shoulder, and Parkinsons, so it seems your risk of getting this is small. ...Read more

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Can toxic substances cause parkinson’s disease?

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. ...Read more

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I ve recently been diagnosed with parkinson s but wonder if i might have nph ?

I ve recently been diagnosed with parkinson s but wonder if i might have nph ?

Why do you wonder?: Check out these links: http://www.lifenph.com http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/normal_pressure_hydrocephalus/normal_pressure_hydrocephalus.htm http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000752.htm http://www.webmd.com/brain/normal-pressure-hydrocephalus ...Read more

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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. ...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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Does Azilect (rasagiline) help to improve speech in Parkinson’s patients?

In theory, it should: Theoretically, Azilect (rasagiline) (an MAO-B inhibitor) should help with many of the symptoms of Parkinson's for a certain period of time. However, as with all treatments for this disease, they are notoriously unpredictable. I've attached an article which I hope might help. Good luck! http://www.reprintsdesk.com/landing/hf.aspx?h=523154&hr=716110317&a=1&u=0&r=826399194 ...Read more

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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. ...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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How can I help someone with parkinsons?

How can I help someone with parkinsons?

Parkinson: There are a number of medical treatments available for treatment of parkinson's disease, best to contact a neurologist that specializes in this area and get an opinion as to what treatments are available. ...Read more

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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