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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! ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Support Groups (Definition)

For information, resources, and support on specific diseases and conditions, see the links below. Additional local and national support groups can be found on the web, through local libraries, your health care provider, and the yellow pages ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 (. ...Read more

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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? ...Read more

Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Parkinson Disease (Definition)

Parkinson's disease is 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 movement, ...Read more