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What Are The Symptoms Of Parkinson's Disease
I may have some symptoms of parkinson disease; is it possible that some medication cause symptoms like these?
Possibly: There are a number of medications with side-effects that mimc parkinson disease. Reglan and Compazine are very common examples. Similarly, a number of anti-psychotic and mood stabilizing medications can do so, as well...E.G. Haldol, risperdal, abilify...There are very many...Even Depakote can, through a different mechanism...And, less commonly, ssri's, such a Paxil and Prozac (and others)... ...Read more
Dx of Parkinson's: Usually onset of sx's in late 50-60's in patients.They develope a resting pin- rolling tremor, masked facies, rigidity and slowing down of movements. They may also have postural instability and gait difficulties. Pls see an neurologist to be sure the condition is not "parkinsonism"related to medication, possible normopressure hydrocephalus or a stroke or brain mass. ...Read more
Slow progression: These symptoms typically involve resting tremor, slowness of body movements & rigidity of muscles & posture. They always begin on one side, then effect the midline (face, voice & balance, & finally do spread to involve the other side. Early pre-motor symptoms include: rbd (acting out dreams while sleeping), anosmia (loss of smell), constipation & depression. Also, slow mental clarity/st memory. ...Read more
Parkinson disease a person with parkinson disease in stage of losing ability of speaking. Is there any device that may help the person to be able to communicate? I don't have much information about his symptoms since i've not seen him for a long time, but
Secondary Parkinson': This condition may be caused from heavy metal intoxications, medications such as anti-psychotics or related to a neurodegenerative condition "multi-systems atrophy (msa). Msa may be associated with blood pressure changes, rigity, tremor, deficits in upgaze and cognitive disorders. Pls see a neurologist for further info. ...Read more
Complicated: With the earliest symptoms, best approach is Dopamine agonist (mirapex, requip), later l-dopa, which remains fundamental, and maybe Azilect for potential protection. As the l-dopa becomes less efficacious, comtan, and even later combinations of all of the above, and if inadequate, use of deep brain stimulation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Parkinson Disease: There are a number of medications available for Parkinson disease but see which might be best for the patient you need to have a consultation with a neurologist who deals with this disorder - this physician can best assess which would be the best medication. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No remedies (cures): Parkinson's disease is unfortunately a progressive neurological disorder for which there is no remedy or cure at this time. However, there are many options for treatment, and with proper management of medications, exercise and other treatments patients can often do well for many years. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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