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Unresponsiveness Problem Stages Parkinson's Disease
Yes: Unfortunately, people with Parkinson's often go from ambulatory and verile to bed-bound and senile in the end stages. Many medications can delay this progression, but once it gets to that point, hospice is a great option for care. ...Read more
Parkinson's Disease: Memory problems is seen commonly seen in patients with parkinson's disease. Other medical conditions need to be excluded as well. Hydrocephalus (water accumulation inside the brain ventricles) in particular comes to mind when dealing with the two problems, particularly if there is no resting tremor. Conditions like thyroid disorder, vitamin B12 deficiency and depression need to be excluded. ...Read more
Is there any problem of difficulty in ingestingg fluids more than solids during Parkinson's disease?
Swallowing issues: Some people with Parkinson's develop swallowing problems (dysphagia), usually worse with liquids than solids. Can be tested with video esophagram, treated with swallowing rehab, diet changes, thickeners, change in consistency, etc. Might improve with better control of the Parkinson's disease. ...Read more
Kinda: Parkinsons eyes get dry from lack of blink, and get a lot of blepharitis, which irritates the eyes. ...Read more
Can any antipsychotics cause Parkinson's disease or related problems? I am on invega and was on zyprexa. Tried nearly all antipsychotics too.
Parkinsonism causes: 28 F asks Can any antipsychotics cause Parkinson's disease or related problems? I am on invega and was on zyprexa. Tried nearly all antipsychotics too. ANS: yes. Some do and some don't. Go to drugs. Com and look up meds you are one and symptoms. Take to your Dr. And discuss. ...Read more
I am curious about the associations between IBS & other GI problems and Parkinson's disease. What do the pd experts out there think of research on that subject?
Parkinson's disease: That is a fascinating subject. The autonomic nervous system (ANS) is in charge of gastrointestinal motility. Parkinson's disease (pd) is know to affect the ans. Constipation is a very significant problem in pd. Conversely, men with constipation are at a higher risk of developing pd. There is data that suggests that ANS disorders can precede pd by many years, perhaps representing a pre-morbid state. ...Read more
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
Not yet: Neurotransplantation as a treatment for parkinson disease reached the stage of human trials over 15 years ago, but the field, which is still in its infancy, has encountered a number of roadblocks since then, both political and scientific. With hope that stem cells may be used as a new source of dopaminergic neurons to replace the degenerating nerve cells in parkinson disease looming. ...Read more
In Parkinson's disease, does dopamine loss happen mainly in the striatum or does it occur in the s.Niagra too?
Parkinson: Basal ganglia, which includes both.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Why can t healthy dopaminergic neurons be moved into the area of parkinson s affected neurons to treat parkinson s disease?
Not so simple: Most of the dopaminergic neurons end in the substantia nigra of the midbrain, originating in various deep brain structures. These nerves are already affected by the disease. Unaffected nerves of course still remain but remain connected to brainstem. So outside nerve cells (from another source like stem cells are needed) nerves don't like to be moved around anyway, because they often die. ...Read more
How long is safe to take gabapentin for rls? I´m afraid the long term use can cause parkinson´s disease... Is it possible to happen?
Safety: Gabapentin has been around since early 1970s and used for lots of conditions into the very high doses. Typically no causative issues with degenerative problems like parkinsons. With that being said, it does have side effects. With any medications you have weigh benefit vs. Risk. For RLS doses, typically side effects are minimal. Have treated people upwards of 10 years with Gabapentin. .. ...Read more
The best information:
It is estimated that 6.3 million people have parkinson’s worldwide, affecting all races and cultures. The age of onset is usually over 60, but it is estimated that one in ten are diagnosed before the age of 50, with slightly more men than women affected. Anyone can get parkinson’s, but it is more common in older people. It is not contagious and cannot be spread from one person to another.
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Symptoms: Right now we mostly manage symptoms of pd using medications including sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) and what are called agonists (that act like your Dopamine while sinemet (carbidopa and levodopa) helps you make dopamine). Also we have deep brain stimulation therapy to help with symptoms. Exercise and timing Dopamine support are important but don't hit all the symptoms. Hopefully we will develop neuroprotective treatments as well, soon. ...Read more
Parkinson's disease: Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the brain where the production of Dopamine by specialized nerve cells is impaired. This results in significant motor function impairment (tremors, rigidity, slowing if movements and gait or balance difficulties). Other areas may, to a lesser degree, be involved as well (mood, cognitive, autonomic nervous system). ...Read more
Yes!!: Anything that can fight the rigidity or stiffness & loss of rom of the joints will help a person with pd to move better & have less imbalance! A good example of an internet available stretching handout is. ...Read more
Slowing: Parkinson's disease is identified by a resting tremor, shuffling gate, rigid extremities, slow movements, and an flat affect (emotionless expression). Theses symptoms may appear differently during different stages of the disease. A neurologist can evaluate you for Parkinson's disease, and prescribe medications that can help with the movement disorder symptoms. ...Read more
Rigidity: Rigidity in the musculature causes the so called semian posture. ...Read more
Parkinsons symptoms: Parkinsons disease, when not treated, tends to cause slowing of movements, as if movement is inhibited. This can affect writing, buttoning, or speaking for example. Muscle tone may be increased with passive manipulation. People sometimes feel "frozen" when walking or lying in bed. Many people with Parkinsons have a tremor when the arms are at rest. This ceases with movement however. ...Read more
Parkinson's disease: There are certain variables which affect the frequency of pd. Prevalence of pd (number of cases at a particular point in time) is thought to be about 0.3 percent in the general population, and about 1 percent in people over 60 (nussbaum et al, 2003; de lau et al, 2006). Worldwide, there are about five million people with Parkinson's disease (sherzer et al, 2007). ...Read more
Brain disease: There a re certain areas in the brain that are altered in persons suffering from Parkinson's disease. We do not know why some people are afflicted and not others yet. ...Read more
Yes: Some medications can cause this.Get a more detailed answer ›