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Does Parkinson's disease affect a certain ethnic group or gender?

Does Parkinson's disease affect a certain ethnic group or gender?

No and yes: Does not seem to be much of an ethnic variation in my experience, as i seem to have equal numbers of blacks and whites suffering this disorder. However, do find discrepancies in incidence, as many sources say 500, 000 and others 1.5 million in usa. If we take the latter figure, the proportion of men to women is 3 to 1 (the reverse of ms incidence!). ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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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 groups of people typically get Parkinson's disease?

What groups of people typically get Parkinson's disease?

Some risk factors: Very rarely genetic in a few families, can be associated with multiple small strokes, can mostly be sporadic, seen after multiple head injuries (with/without dementia), seen after carbon monoxide poisoning, associated with manganese mining, maybe from carbon disulfide poisoning, rarely after oxygen deprivation. Most cases by far arise spontaneously, and affect males 3;1 females. ...Read more

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My father is 81 and has Parkinson's disease for the last 3 years. He can't even move his hands & legs. What can I do to support him?

My father is 81 and has Parkinson's disease for the last 3 years. He can't even move his hands & legs. What can I do to support him?

Hands on or w/c: At that stage a person needs hands on care to be up and around 24/7. No one likes @ institutionalize their parents, but he is very high risk to fall ad sustain major injury. He is mentally aware, as m ali, so you need @ handle with kid gloves, best @ have his md suggest it, if u can have 24/7 attention, a w/c will allow u 2 take him out and about. Can b done from home or nh. Good luck hard 2 do. ...Read more

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What to do if my grandma has Parkinson's and i don't know what to do!?

What to do if my grandma has Parkinson's and i don't know what to do!?

NPF!: Usually, the treating neurologist and/or physician can be very helpful. Most people find the national parkinson foundation (npf) very helpful. They can be reached at http://www.Parkinson.Org, and their helpline is 18004734636. ...Read more

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Grandpa has Parkinson's and I don't know anything about the human genomes! can someone help?

Grandpa has Parkinson's and I don't know anything about the human genomes! can someone help?

Clinical Facts: Before overt physical symptoms begin, one can experience pre-motor parkinson's issues: the most reliably reported 4 are chronic constipation, chronic depression, anosmia (part or complete loss of smell--which also effects taste appreciation) & rbd. Rbd stands for rem behavior disorder. Rem  (dreaming stage sleep) can be accompanied by acting-out of dreams: talking, kicking, punching, running, etc. ...Read more

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Im 74 years old. I have had a recent diagnosis of parkinsons. Im suffering for exhaustion and face flushing which aren't symptoms of parkinsons.Help.?

Im 74 years old. I have had a recent  diagnosis of parkinsons. Im suffering for exhaustion and face flushing which aren't symptoms of parkinsons.Help.?

Check medications: Have you started medicine for parkinsons? Medications can cause unusual symptoms. How were you diagnosed? What is your blood pressure? Did you have these symtoms before your diagnosis? Are you taking supplements? Anemia can cause exhaustion. If you have started medications let your doctor know immediately about your symptoms and especially about any other medications and supplements you take. ...Read more

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I have young onset parkinsons-i swear i don't sleep-is this unusual?

I have young onset parkinsons-i swear i don't sleep-is this unusual?

PD and sleep: Patients with pd often have difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep in addition to sleep attacks during the day potentially made worse with meds. It's rather common. You should discuss this with your neurologist. ...Read more

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How soon will I begin feeling the effects of levodopa? I don't think I have parkinsons/old gp does.

How soon will I begin feeling the effects of levodopa? I don't think I have parkinsons/old gp does.

Diagnosis of Parkins: It is very reasonable to ask your gp to refer you to a neurologist for a second opinion about the diagnosis of parkinson's disease, or a movement disorders center at a university medical center. ...Read more