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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Are yoga and t'ai chi good exercises for someone with Parkinson's disease? Right now I am doing just fine with the meds, but i worry about later.
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
How soon will I begin feeling the effects of levodopa? I don't think I have parkinsons/old gp does.
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