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Are dystonia and Parkinson's disease related?

Are dystonia and Parkinson's disease related?

Basal ganglia: The area of the brain called basal ganglia has a lot of neurotransmitters like dopamine--some parkinson pt present with dystonia---when parkinson advance and people become rigid they get to be off and on--dystonic alternate with excessive movements. ...Read more

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Dystonia (Definition)

A condition characterized by persistent or intermittent muscle contractions that cause abnormal, often repetitive, movements, postures, or both. The movements are usually patterned and twisting, ...Read more


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Are Parkinson's symptoms & post-polio syndrome symptoms similar?

Are Parkinson's symptoms & post-polio syndrome symptoms similar?

They are different!: Post-polio symptoms emanate from neural changes in the spine, while Dopamine depletion in the substantia nigra is the cause for parkinson's. Stumbling and awkward motion can be common to both, but in the end they are distinctly different. ...Read more

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What symptoms of Parkinson's disease does mirapex (pramipexole) help?

What symptoms of Parkinson's disease does mirapex (pramipexole) help?

Motor symptoms: Mirapex (pramipexole) is good for the motor symptoms of parkinson disease. It should help the tremors, rigidity, and to some degree the bradykinesia. Mirapex (pramipexole) also has good data for depression, which is very common in parkinson disease. It will not help symptoms such as dementia, and may aggravate things like hallucinations and hypotension. ...Read more

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Can OCD behaviors be symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

Can OCD behaviors be symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

No: I am not aware of any direct connection between the two two relatively common conditions can coexist. ...Read more

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Which symptoms differentiate Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's?

Which symptoms differentiate Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's?

Several : The parkinson's patient will have tremors, stiffness, and gait issues, not seen in alzheimer's. Parkinson's dementia pts may have a rem sleep disorder, florid hallucinations, fluctuating levels of communication, and memory loss which can be helped by cueing. Alzheimer's pts reverse sleep/waking, get worse during the day, cannot incorporate memory items, and lose ability to learn new tasks. ...Read more

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Tardive generalized dystonia and tourette's. Any cures?

Tardive generalized dystonia and tourette's. Any cures?

Dystonia management: The primary management for dystonia is pharmacologic, using systemic medications. Drug classes most often used include dopamine depletors, anticholinergic drugs, serotonergics and calcium channel blockers. The local injections of Botox have been used to reduce muscle activity. ...Read more

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Which symptoms of Parkinson's disease will mirapex (pramipexole) help?

Which symptoms of Parkinson's disease will mirapex (pramipexole) help?

Early Parkinson's: Would use this for mild and early disease, usually, and it may help tremor, stiffness, and even gait, but likely will benefit for maximum of 2 years. Early usage may prevent later dyskinesias or at least delay need for l-dopa when disease is worse, can use for add on benefit, and may stabilize for a time. ...Read more

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How is Parkinson's disease diagnosed?

How is Parkinson's disease diagnosed?

History and exam: Parkinson's is usually diagnosed based upon it having very characteristic symptoms and exam findings - namely asymmetric (i.e. Usually starts on one side) tremor at rest, slowness of movements (bradykinesia), and stiffness (rigidity). There are some nuclear medicine tests that show the pathology of pd fairly reliably, but they are fairly new and considered experimental by most insurers. ...Read more

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Can Parkinson's disease symptoms be slowed down?

Can Parkinson's disease symptoms be slowed down?

Yes: Parkinsons disease cannot be cured but can be helped by medication and other treatments. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/parkinsons-disease/ds00295. ...Read more

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How does eldepryl (selegiline) manage symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

How does eldepryl (selegiline) manage symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

It boosts dopamine!!: Eldepryl is o/w called selegine or zelapar (oral-disintegrating form). It's a mao-i (mono amine oxidase inhibitor) which slows the breakdown of dopamine, the central chemical deficient in parkinson's. Thereby it boosts the natural Dopamine made by the brain or the synthetic Dopamine in sinemet. Thus, symptoms are more fully & consistently treated. Azilect (rasagiline) is a much better modern choice, however. ...Read more

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How is Parkinson's disease inherited?

How is Parkinson's disease inherited?

Mostly not inherited: The vast majority of people with parkinson's seem to get it sporadically, that is without any clear inheritance from family. That being said, we've found around 12 genetic variants that seem to greatly increase the risk of developing pd in some families. Some of them are recessive (rarely crops up), and some are dominant (50% chance of getting it from 1 affected parent). ...Read more

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Behcet disease neurovegetative dystonia and ocd. Could be neuro-behcet? Thank you

Behcet disease neurovegetative dystonia and ocd. Could be neuro-behcet? Thank you

Behcet's Disorder: Behcet's disorder is an autoimmune disease affecting the vascular system in all organs. Please see the page of the american behcet's disease association at www.Behcets.Com for more information. They report a 23% of symptoms affecting the brain and neurological system. Ideally the autoimmune effect should be under investigation in each person's case, whether is related or not to other diseases. ...Read more

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Parkinsons symptoms in brain--does it cause dementia or depression?

Parkinsons symptoms in brain--does it cause dementia or depression?

Both!: Up to 60% of parkinson's patient experience mild to moderate depression and 20% of patients will develop dementia. ...Read more

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What are lou gehrig disease symptoms?

What are lou gehrig disease symptoms?

ALS: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or lou gehrig's disease is a degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons. The symptoms include weakness of the upper arms and legs. Often the muscles will appear to move under the skin like a bunch of worms. The diagnosis is made with an EMG, a lumbar puncture and an MRI of the brain and spinal cord. An opinion from a neurologist will provide you further information ...Read more

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What is worse, MS or parkinson's?

What is worse, MS or parkinson's?

Not fair to compare: Any neurological disease can take an immense tole, and both can result in substantial disability. Ms affects younger people, and therefore, can rob future potential. But parkinson's can destroy aging and retirement. Since we cannot choose, and are at risk due to genetic susceptibility, we can only adapt to our future destinies. ...Read more

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What condition has a better pronosis: Parkinson's disease or schizophrenia with negative symptoms?

What condition has a better pronosis: Parkinson's disease or schizophrenia with negative symptoms?

Parkinson's disease: Both are serious medical conditions. Yet, there are many alternative therapies available for both disorders. I suggest a neurologist evaluation for parkinson's disease and psychiatric evaluation for schizophrenia. Be well. ...Read more

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Is it true that wolff-parkinson-white syndrome related to Parkinson's disease?

Is it true that wolff-parkinson-white syndrome related to Parkinson's disease?

No, thankfully!!: They only share a common word in the name. They are in no way related. Wpw is an electrical conduction defect in the heart. Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder featuring physical symptoms such tremor of limbs at rest, slow movements & stiff (rigid) muscles causing quiet facial emotions, softer voice, bent forward head & neck posture, decreased arm swing, slow-shuffled walk, etc. ...Read more

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What is Parkinson's disease?

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What is Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson: Rigidity such as stiff neck, tremors, and slow movements are part of parkinson. It involves the part of the midbrain called Substantia nigra. ...Read more

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What symptoms precede the onset of alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseaase?

What symptoms precede the onset of alzheimer's or Parkinson's diseaase?

Early signs of: Dementia include short term memory loss, difficulty performing familiar tasks, changes in mood, behavior, or personality, word-finding difficulties, decreased judgment, loss of initiative, problems keeping track of things, disorientation to time or place, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms or are concerned about a friend or relative, talk with your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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