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Doctor insights on: Herbal Treatment For Unsteady Gait

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Is there an effective cure for unsteadiness and weakness with age?

Is there an effective cure for unsteadiness and weakness with age?

Exercise: Muscle cells are replaced by fat as we age & nerve pathways that aren't being stimulated die out. Make sure that the weakness is not being caused by other conditions, however. It's too easy to say, "you're just getting old." conditions that affect muscles, nerves, and energy can be obstacles. See "strong women stay young" (book) and "23 and1/2 hours" (http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=auains6higo). ...Read more

Gait (Definition)

Gait is the way locomotion is achieved using our limbs. Gait is defined as "bipedal, biphasic forward propulsion of center of gravity of human body, in which there is alternate movements of different segments of the body" . Different gaits are characterized by differences in limb movement patterns, overall velocity, forces, ...Read more


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What are some alternative health cures/treatment for periodic limb movement disorder?

What are some alternative health cures/treatment for periodic limb movement disorder?

Not aware of any: Periodic limb movements in sleep are perhaps similar to restless leg sydrome, but represent sudden nocturnal jerking while asleep. No otc preps seem useful, but drugs such as clonazepam, ropinorole, pramipexole, and even l-dopa may control this. ...Read more

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How effective is physical therapy for dizziness and confusion?

How effective is physical therapy for dizziness and confusion?

It's Not: Physical therapy deals with your skeletal-muscular system. It may even have some impact on your peripheral neurological system. Dizziness and confusion are mediated by your central nervous system or brain. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for orthostatic hypotension in an elderly male?

What are treatment options for orthostatic hypotension in an elderly male?

It depends: Treatment depends on the cause. Orthostatic hypotention can be caused by dehydration, medication(s) side effect, blood loss, infection or heart disease to name a few. Once the correct cause is identified, then the proper treatment can be initiated. ...Read more

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Are there any alternate good alternative treatments for periodic limb movement?

Are there any alternate good alternative treatments for periodic limb movement?

Usually need no rx: Periodic limb movements are usually harmless and need no treatment. Lots of people have them. Rarely, they may cause insomnia or excessive sleepiness and may need treatment. Medicines like ropinirole or Pramipexole might help. If they do not, there are other medicines that might help. ...Read more

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What Parkinson's medications work best for tremors?

What Parkinson's medications work best for tremors?

PD Meds &Tremors: Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) (carbidopa/levodopa) is the medication that has the most symptomatic effect on tremor, however, dopamine agonists can cause a significant reduction in tremor as well. Introduction of Sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) is usually delayed, especially in patients400mg in 4-6 years. ...Read more

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What Parkinson's medications work best for tremors?

What Parkinson's medications work best for tremors?

Treatment of tremor: The normal treatment of PD tremor is dopamine, often provided as the medicine sinemet, (carbidopa and levodopa) or carbidopa-levadopa. The usual starting dose is a 25/100 mg tablet two or three times per day. ...Read more

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What are the effective treatments or exercises for vertigo?

What are the effective treatments or exercises for vertigo?

Medications: There are medications for vertigo that effective in controlling vertigo. An exercise called apley's maneuver is also effective in some persons. ...Read more

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For how many years Requip (ropinirole) is an effective treatment for Parkinson's as the decease progresses?

For how many years Requip (ropinirole) is an effective treatment for Parkinson's as the decease progresses?

That Depends : Requip (ropinirole) is not a cure nor will it lessen the progression (or I'm unaware of such evidence)....however it's benefit on symptoms of a movement disorder may be present as long as you take the medication, possibly many years. If you think it may no longer be effective, then discuss with provider. Maybe a dosage adjustment or maybe a trial off/on the medication is reasonable. ...Read more

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Treatment for progressive gait imbalace and progressive dysarthria slurred speech?

Treatment for progressive gait imbalace and progressive dysarthria slurred speech?

Uncover cause: Likely best to see a neurologist. There are multiple problems which can cause this, and treatment follows diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are treatments to aid postural hypotension?

What are treatments to aid postural hypotension?

Depends on cause: This can be due to meds, nervous system disease, heart disease, dehydration, aging, or other. Treatment for each of these can be different. Postural hypotension occuring after eating can be avoided by eating small meals low in carbohydrates. For all causes, stand up slowly rather than quickly to allow the body to adjust. Fludrocortisone can be used in some cases. Please check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What treatment and/or bracing methods are used for a patient with Scoliosis? (26°)

What treatment and/or bracing methods are used for a patient with Scoliosis? (26°)

External brace: The initial treatment would be external bracing, if this does not help to correct the curvature, or it becomes worse despite the brace, surgery for stability may be necessary ...Read more

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What is the most effective treatment for unsteadiness and weaknes?

What is the most effective treatment for unsteadiness and weaknes?

Depends: The symptoms could be due to a variety of causes, including thyroid issues, anemia, hidden cancers, gastrointestinal disorders, sleep disorders, problems with brain, spinal cord, chronic fatigue, muscle disease, etc. One needs a diagnosis first in order to arrive at an effective therapy. ...Read more

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Are there any good treatments for primary progressive ms?

Are there any good treatments for primary progressive ms?

Yes: There are many therapies. You simply need to meet with your neurologist to figure out the best regimen to control the symptoms and have an excellent quality of life. ...Read more

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In your experience, what are the "best" treatments for intractable migrane? Tried a lot of diff meds, antidepresants, beta/ca blockers, antiseizure etc

In your experience, what are the "best" treatments for intractable migrane? Tried a lot of diff meds, antidepresants, beta/ca blockers, antiseizure etc

Complex, but can fix: To prevent migraines, the most effective prescription meds include Depakote and topirimate, and the others above likely will not work well. But otc preps have actually worked very well indeed, so consider riboflavin, butterbur, feverfew, co-q10, and/or magnesium. Success rates are high with the otc preps. Lastly, to break up headache pattern use steroids, if all else fails. ...Read more

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Hand Tremor/ depression.Diagnosed as early stage Parkinson. Is there med. or herbal way to stop hand tremor completely.Pexola 0.375mg helps little.

Tremor options in PD: Tremor as part of Parkinson is tough. If you think pramipexole is helping with your PD it is reasonable to ask your MD about increasing it. If your total daily dose is 0.375mg, you have a lot of room to increase (as long as the side effects aren't bad). Unfortunately, the resting tremor of PD is arguably best treated by moving or finding a better PD medicine. ...Read more

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Gait freezingafter deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson's disease any suggestions?

Gait freezingafter deep brain stimulation surgery for Parkinson's disease any suggestions?

Complex Issue: Gait is a very complex neurological function that relies on many systems functioning together. I would recommend that you see a specialist in dbs programming to help you maximize function. ...Read more

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Is Gabapentin (neurotin) effective on tic and appropriate for long term therapy? Could it cause mental confusion?

Is Gabapentin (neurotin) effective on tic and appropriate for long term therapy? Could it cause mental confusion?

Better question!: You've got a better question this time about gabapentin and tic disorders. When you say "Tic" do you mean Tic doloreaux, do you mean Tic disorder such as Tourette's Syndrome, or something else? If you're talking about the former then, gabapentin in not all that effective for most people. It's even worse for Tourette's. Gabapentin can cause some people to become very confused...others not so much ...Read more

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What are good herbal remedies for joint stiffness?

What are  good herbal remedies  for joint stiffness?

Fish oil: Fish oils and the omega 3 fatty acids have been good for joint stiffness as well as glucosamine with chondroitin and msm. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosed with palatal myoclonus. What medical treatment is nest for myoclonus? Is Functional Cranial Release (FCR) a valid treatment?

Recently diagnosed with palatal myoclonus. What medical treatment is nest for myoclonus? Is Functional Cranial Release (FCR) a valid treatment?

Myoclonus: Often medical providers use medication to treat myoclonus. Sometimes palatal myoclonus does not need any treatment. Here is a link to more information about myoclonus: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/myoclonus/detail_myoclonus.htm I cannot find any medical literature supporting the use of FCR. I would not recommend it until it has been well-studied. ...Read more

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