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I had parkinson disease for 12 years now. With my daily medication no one will know I have this ailment. Wouldn't my age 62 cause it to be worse?

I had parkinson disease for 12 years now. With my daily medication no one will know I have this ailment. Wouldn't my age 62 cause it to be worse?

Not necessarily: Congratulations on having a medication regimen that keeps the disease in check. Parkinson diseae affects different people differently; be happy you have control right now!

Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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What are some meds for parkinson disease?

What are some meds for parkinson disease?

Numerous ITEMS: We have the anti-cholinergics like artane, but not used much these days, Dopamine agonists such as mirapex, requip, Neupro (rotigotine) patch. L-dopa with or without carbi-dopa, and maybe later entacapone. Azilect may be neuroprotective. The dbs unit could provide surgical support.

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Is there a way to cure parkinson disease naturally?

Is there a way to cure parkinson disease naturally?

No cure: There is no cure for parkinson disease. There are many good medications, and exercise helps as well. There is nothing "natural" that has been shown to be helpful. Previously it was thought that coq10 was helpful, but more recent evidence suggests that it does not help.

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What are the typical symptoms of having parkinson disease?

What are the typical symptoms of having parkinson disease?

Dx of Parkinson's: Usually onset of sx's in late 50-60's in patients.They develope a resting pin- rolling tremor, masked facies, rigidity and slowing down of movements. They may also have postural instability and gait difficulties. Pls see an neurologist to be sure the condition is not "parkinsonism"related to medication, possible normopressure hydrocephalus or a stroke or brain mass.

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Is syndopa plus (levedopa + carbidoba) the only medicine to treat parkinson disease?

No, others are used: Dopamine agonists such as pramipexole, ropinorole, and Neupro (rotigotine) patch. Azilect, entacapone, and maybe tolcapone. Dbs surgery and use of unit. So, lots of choices.

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How does parkinson disease affect daily living skills?

GRADUAL IMPACT : It is very debiltating if not treated, and gradullay declines the capacity for self care, but early diagnosis and treatment, may help some , especially having knowledge about it.

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I want to know what's the reason for parkinson disease?

I want to know what's the reason for parkinson disease?

Parkinson's disease: The reason or cause for parkinson's disease is unknown. The disease arises from a progressive loss of Dopamine producing neurons or nerve cells in the substantia nigra in the midbrain portion of the brain. The initial treatments are oral medications followed by surgical options to treat the symptoms of tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement.

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Does Parkinson disease patient have to take Parkinson medicine?

Depends on yourself: Many factors to assess before deciding whether it's best for a patient to take medication for their Parkinson's right away or wait. That's something you should discuss with your doctor. Medications for Parkinson's have side effects to be sure but they also can improve the quality of life tremendously in some people. You can also engage in regular EXERCISE (not just physical therapy) which helps.

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What is the best medicine or stimulation surgety for parkinson disease?

What is the best medicine or stimulation surgety for parkinson disease?

Meds First, then DBS: As a pd specialist i always try to get the most utility from medications first. The typical choics are (in order of preference): azilect, agonists (requip xl, Mirapex er & neupro-available july 16), then sinemet & last comtan (entacapone). If despite all these, symptom relief/qol is poor, dbs of stn or gpi ate favored & are very effective @ reducing inconsistent medication effect (.

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Which is the best advanced medical center in the world for parkinson disease?

Which is the best advanced medical center in the world for parkinson disease?

Not one: Believe it or not, the va has excellent centers for veterans. There are a number of great centers around the country, i would not say that one is better than the other. From where you live, I am sure that there are some exceptional movement disorders programs in philadelphia. Johns hopkins?

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Apologize for my ignorance but is parkinson disease falls in mental illness category?

Apologize for my ignorance but is parkinson disease falls in mental illness category?

No-Neurodegenerative: There are patients with parkinson diseaes who get dementia. There are many patients who get bradyphrenia, which means a slowness of processing information. Many, many patients get depression. Overall, however, we do not consider it a mental illness. It is a degenerative neurological movement disorder.

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Is there any cure for parkinson disease....if not what medicines will help with syndromes?

Treatment options: Many treatment options are available including dopamine agonists, deep brain stimulation, etc. There is a lot of active research in the field and new findings are being made each day. See a neurologist (specifically a neurology movement disorders subspecialist) for discussion. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/parkinsonsdisease.html

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What can I do if my dad has parkinson disease and i'm very curious. How can you distinguish it really?

Motor Symptoms below: There are various symptoms, but some of the most common are: resting tremor--this is a tremor that is worse when the patient's limb is resting, and it disappears when he moves it. Rigidity--the arm is stiffer than normal. Note that the above symptoms are usually asymmetrical, particularly at the start of the disease. There may be reduced armswing when walking. There may be a general slowness.

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What are the causes of parkinson disease?

What are the causes of parkinson disease?

Causes of PD: Parkinson's disease involves depletion of a neurotransmitter in the part of the brain called the substantia nigra. The precise mechanisms of neurodegeneration in pd are unknown. There is believed to be an interaction between genetic and environmental factors, abnormalities in protein processing, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and others.

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How does parkinson disease affect the body?

How does parkinson disease affect the body?

Many possibilities: Physical symptoms: resting tremor, slow movements, rigidity (stiffness) of muscles & posture. Causing slow walking, masked face, decreased blink rate, softer/mumbled speech, poor hand agility, small handwriting, potential falls & injury. Non-physical symptoms: cognitive decline, hallucinations/delusions, anxiety/depression, insomnia, sleepiness/fatigue, constipation, low bp, erectile dysfunction.

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Advise possible options to control parkinson disease?

Many are available: There are numerous drugs and treatments available. Consult with a neurologist to review your medical condition and get started on the correct road to control.

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What are the medicine prescribed for parkinson disease?

Complicated: With the earliest symptoms, best approach is Dopamine agonist (mirapex, requip), later l-dopa, which remains fundamental, and maybe Azilect for potential protection. As the l-dopa becomes less efficacious, comtan, (entacapone) and even later combinations of all of the above, and if inadequate, use of deep brain stimulation.

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Why in parkinson disease symptoms start asymmetrical ly?

Why in parkinson disease symptoms start asymmetrical ly?

Parkinson's: Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disease of the basal ganglia. As a degenerative disease, different areas of the brain die at different times which causes asymmetry of symptoms.

Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Parkinson Disease (Definition)

A condition in which a person has a degenerative brain problem in which dopamine-containing cells in a part of the midbrain die off. Early symptoms include shaking, rigidity, slowness of ...Read more