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Doctor insights on: Parkinsons Disease And Stooped Posture

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Is it possible to correct stooped posture due to Parkinson's disease and if yes where it can be done?

Is it possible to correct stooped posture due to Parkinson's disease and if yes where it can be done?

Parkinso + Spine: Due to muscle forces and weakness in other places, the body tends to start to lean forward. If muscle training and exercise are not able to pull you up, an osteotomy (cutting of the spine and putting it back upright) is an option. It's not a quick operation, but patients tend to do really well afterwards, as long as you have tried everything else. Find a doc who does it a lot! U need experience! ...Read more

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Posture is the position of your body, or ...Read more


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Please help! What is the main difference between alzheimers' and parkinsons' disease?

Movements: Alzheimer's disease affects mainly memory and other cognitive functions. Parkinson's disease affects movements, either by tremor or by rigidity. It does not affect cognitive functions in the early stages. ...Read more

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How does parkinson disease affect your body's gait and posture?

How does parkinson disease affect your body's gait and posture?

Slows gait: Parkinson's slows movements and makes steps smaller. There are also balance difficulties and increased falls. Posture is often bent forward though there is a tendency to fall backwards known as retropulsion. These problems can be mild early on in the illness but can be debilitating if you have had the disease for a number of years. ...Read more

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Why does Parkinson's disease cause a hunched over posture?

Why does Parkinson's disease cause a hunched over posture?

Rigidity: Rigidity in the musculature causes the so called semian posture. ...Read more

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My husband has Parkinson's disease he is not feeling well i'd like to know if there is a Parkinson's doctor?

My husband has Parkinson's disease he is not feeling well i'd like to know if there is a Parkinson's doctor?

Parkinson's: Yes there is. A neurologist is the kind of physician who works with parkinson's disease. There are some neurologist who have special interest or additional training in movement disorders. Most of them practice in large academic centers, university hospitals or large cities. This special interest makes a difference as the condition becomes more complex and hard to manage with further progression. ...Read more

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How can I cope with Parkinson's disease?

How can I cope with Parkinson's disease?

Control what u can: Though there is no cure for patkinson's, strategies such as medications and remaining active (especially lots of walking, yoga, tai chi, etc) can help ameliorate symptoms, delay developing disability, and some meds (azilect) and exercise may even slow down the disease. Sometimes a support group can help. Also make sure your doctor addresses common non-movement issues in pd like depression. ...Read more

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What drugs help with Parkinson's disease?

What drugs help with Parkinson's disease?

Several: The mainstays of parkinsons treatment are Dopamine agonists such as Requip and the drug l-dopa (sinemet). Others include comtan, (entacapone) amantadine, selegeline, cogentin. Even ECT can be used in severe cases and there is also experimental surgery. Talk to your neurologist to see what is right for you or your loved one. ...Read more

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How fast does Parkinson's disease progress?

Slowly: Once the diagnosis is made, the initial problems can be handled with Dopamine agonists and seem stable for 1-2 yrs, but then the progression requires l-dopa, which may help nicely for about 6-8 yrs, during which time additional meds may be added. By 10-12 yrs the medications are sharply losing efficacy, and the next step may require use of a deep brain stimulator device. ...Read more

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Who is most affected by Parkinson's disease?

Who is most affected by Parkinson's disease?

Older males: Typically, there are about 3 times as many males as females, but not fully clear why there is this predilection. Usually a disease presenting in the 60's and 70's, but younger patients can be seen. There may be a higher frequency in Caucasians. ...Read more

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What can be done to cure Parkinson's disease?

No cure, treatments: Unfortunately there is no cure for parkonson's disease. There are many different medicines available which help the underlying pathology, which is a shortage of Dopamine (and other neurotransmitters). We also know that regular vigorous exercise is helpful. There is a surgical procedure that in the right patient can help symptoms. ...Read more

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How can Parkinson's disease affect your life?

How can Parkinson's disease affect your life?

Progressive dz: Parkinsons is a progressive dz. Its initially controlled with medications like levodopaand Dopamine agonists. Eventually they lose their effectiveness. And can cause invoulentary movements called dyskensia. Rehab diet and execise can alleviate some symptoms early on. Research to a cure is ongoing. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about Parkinson's disease?

What can you tell me about Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson: Rigidity such as stiff neck, tremors, and slow movements are part of parkinson. ...Read more

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What can be initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

What can be initial symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

Several Things: 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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What are the common symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

What are the common symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

Here's a Brief list: 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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Are there any young people with Parkinson's disease?

Are there any young people with Parkinson's disease?

Yes, Absolutely : (: Unfortunately, approximately 20% of pd patients are early-onset, meaning symptoms began at < 45years old. I have 2 patients who even started exhibiting symptoms in their late 20's. The earlier the disease begins & the more people athe family affected, raises our suspicion that genetics play a significant role. For reference, average age of onset is 58. Or, pd can come as late as 80. ...Read more

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Should I still go to work if I have Parkinson's disease?

Depends upon severit: Depending how disable you are (severity of symptoms)for the type of work you do. ...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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What are symptoms of young onset of Parkinson's disease?

What are symptoms of young onset of Parkinson's disease?

See below: Most often there is a unilateral resting tremor in hand, but occasionally there may be vague stiffness or gait imbalance. On occasion, one might see chronic constipation, or impaired swallowing which seems nonspecific, and unilateral foot dystonia, or cramping may occur very early. If there is a question or if runs in your family, see a neurologist. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have Parkinson's disease?

I need help! How do I know if I have Parkinson's disease?

Comments: Early presentation may be very subtle, and often a tremor at rest is the first clue, but you may have several yrs of preceding issues, such as a REM sleep disorder, chronic constipation or problems swallowing, cramping of one foot. If concerned discuss possible neurological consultation. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease?

What are the symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease?

Several..: Parkinson's is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.The motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease result from the death of dopamine-generating cells in the substantia nigra. Early in the course of the disease, the symptoms are movement-related; these include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive issues: dementia and depression. ...Read more

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How can drug effect me if this is not Parkinson's disease?

Please be specific: What drug are you asking about? Do you actually have Parkinson's? ...Read more

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I was wondering what does Parkinson's disease do to the body?

Parkinson: Rigidity such as stiff neck, tremors, and slow movements are part of parkinson. ...Read more

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What are the milder, more subtle symptoms to Parkinson's disease?

What are the milder, more subtle symptoms to Parkinson's disease?

Many: Mild poverty of movements, falls, writing in small letters (micrographia) inability to change positions especially in bed, diminution of the sense of smell, constipation or urinary problems etc. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what can you tell me about Parkinson's disease?

I'm curious as to what can you tell me about 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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Please tell me what are some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

Please tell me what are some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

PD symptoms: Motor: stiffness, slowness, tremor, often on one side first. Gait can slow, balance can worsen.

Non-motor: constipation, smell changes, mood changes, blood pressure changes, acting out dreams, among others. ...Read more

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Is there any evidence of a link between Parkinson's disease and boxing?

Is there any evidence of a link between Parkinson's disease and boxing?

Possibly: The classic example, of course is Mohammed ALi
who developed Parkinsons disease but a definite linl has not been found to date. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease? How do I know if I have it?

What are the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease? How do I know if I have it?

Talk to your doctor: Usually occurs in people over age 50. Tremor, rigidity, slowness of movement, and postural instability. Cognitive impairment also common. See your doctor for an exam. It would be uncommon in someone your age. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of Parkinson's disease different in younger than older folks?

Are the symptoms of Parkinson's disease different in younger than older folks?

Yes, in some ways: Young patients are more likely to develop inconsistent symptom relief ("on" vs "off" states) & dyskinesia (writhing, twisting, jerking movements). This is because they live longer with pd & have a longer period over which their brain degenerates & makes mal-adaptive changes to compensate, causing these problems. They may also develop pd younger because they have a more severe form to begin with. ...Read more