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What are symtons of Parkinson's diease besides tremors?

What are symtons of Parkinson's diease besides tremors?

Parkinson's Disease: The most common symptoms besides tremor include: stiff muscles (rigidity) and aching muscles. Slow, limited movement (bradykinesia), especially when the person tries to move from a resting position. Weakness of face and throat muscles cause talking and swallowing difficulties. Walking and balance problems are likely to make a patient take small steps and shuffle, bend forward slightly. ...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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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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What is parkinsons?

What is parkinsons?

PD summary: Parkinson disease is a disease where cells in the brain that produce a chemical called Dopamine start to die. We don't know why. When you lose enough (~66%), you start to show the symptoms which include tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement, and balance problems. There can also be "non-motor" symptoms such as constipation, depression, and fatigue. Movement disorder neurologists treat this. ...Read more

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What are the signs of parkinsons?

What are the signs of parkinsons?

Read below: 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 is parkinson's?

What is parkinson's?

Parkinsons: Parkinsons is a condition that affects movement of the muscles. It is caused by loss of cells within part of the brain called the substantia nigra. Common symptoms include muscle rigidity, resting tremor, slowness of movement, and sometimes unexplained falls. Some people may have more of a tremor than others, these symptoms may not affect everyone the same way. ...Read more

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