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Doctor insights on: Yawning Symptom Parkinson's Disease

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Is constant yawning a symptom of Parkinson's disease?

Is constant yawning a symptom of Parkinson's disease?

No: No, though people with Parkinson's often have fatigue/ daytime sleepiness issues and disrupted sleep that might cause yawning. The tendency for many with patkinson's to let their mouth droop open could conceivably be confused with yawning as well. ...Read more

Yawning (Definition)

Yawning is opening the mouth semi-voluntarily while taking a long, deep breath of air. It is a type of reflex action controlled by the brain (a person cannot yawn on command). Yawning is normal, and usually due to drowsiness or tiredness. However, excessive yawning that happens much more often than normal may be caused by vagus nerve signals, due ...Read more


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

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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I am experiencing overproduction of saliva and drooling when yawning. Is it a symptom of Parkinson's disease dysphagia dysarthria? On antipsychotics

I am experiencing overproduction of saliva and drooling when yawning. Is it a symptom of Parkinson's disease dysphagia dysarthria? On antipsychotics

Side effect: Without additional parkinsonism symptoms such as slowness of movement, resting tremors, cogwheel rigidity, isolated excess drooling is unlikely to be related to Parkinson's disease and most likely is a side effect of an antipsychotic which can cause excessive saliva production and drooling. This issue resolves with discontinuation of an antipsychotic. ...Read more

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Good morning, my mom has had Parkinsons for 20 years. The past two weeks there has been significant change, . Severe gagging, hiccups, yawning and anxie?

Good morning, my mom has had Parkinsons for 20 years. The past two weeks there has been significant change, . Severe gagging, hiccups, yawning and anxie?

Gagging: I am concerned that she is having swallowing problems. The best way to check this is a barium swallow study to see if she aspirated fluids into the lung when she swallow. An ENT doctor would be a good person to help you. ...Read more

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Is there one overwhelming symptom that is the hallmark of Parkinson's disease?

Is there one overwhelming symptom that is the hallmark of Parkinson's disease?

Resting Tremor: Parkinson's disease is charcterized by the constellation of resting tremor, rigidity, and bradykinesia(slowed movements). The resting tremor can start on one side of the body, and when present in the hand is described as"pill-rolling". This tremor is different from intention tremors, seen with movement, or essential tremor. The resting tremor can in time generalize, and worsen in intensity. ...Read more

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What do doctors call a secondary symptom of parkinson disease?

What do doctors call a secondary symptom of parkinson disease?

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

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

Please tell me what are some 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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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

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What are the signs and symptoms for Parkinson's disease in children?

Not in kids: Parkinson's disease is a disease usually of the old though a few people develop it in middle age. ...Read more

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Can OCD behaviors be symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

No: I am not aware of any direct connection between the two relatively common conditions can coexist. ...Read more

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Why in parkinson disease symptoms start asymmetrical ly?

Why in parkinson disease symptoms start asymmetrical ly?

Parkinson's: Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disease of the basal ganglia. As a degenerative disease, different areas of the brain die at different times which causes asymmetry of symptoms. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of early or mild parkinson disease?

What are the symptoms of early or mild parkinson disease?

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

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What are the typical symptoms of having parkinson disease?

What are the typical symptoms of having parkinson disease?

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 a neurologist to be sure the condition is not "parkinsonism"related to medication, possible normopressure hydrocephalus or a stroke or brain mass. ...Read more

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Would a shuffling gait be a sign that I have Parkinson's disease?

Possibly: Though there are many other things that a shuffling gait could indicate. If you recently started any new medicine or have other symptoms that are troubling you see your doctor. Parkinson's is characterized by a particular type of tremor, combined with other symptoms such as slowness of movements, gait changes decreased expressiveness of one's face, small handwriting, and certain sleep disturbance. ...Read more

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What symptoms of Parkinson's disease does mirapex (pramipexole) help?

Motor symptoms: Mirapex (pramipexole) is good for the motor symptoms of parkinson disease. It should help the tremors, rigidity, and to some degree the bradykinesia. Mirapex (pramipexole) also has good data for depression, which is very common in parkinson disease. It will not help symptoms such as dementia, and may aggravate things like hallucinations and hypotension. ...Read more

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Which symptoms of Parkinson's disease will mirapex (pramipexole) help?

Which symptoms of Parkinson's disease will mirapex (pramipexole) help?

Early Parkinson's: Would use this for mild and early disease, usually, and it may help tremor, stiffness, and even gait, but likely will benefit for maximum of 2 years. Early usage may prevent later dyskinesias or at least delay need for l-dopa when disease is worse, can use for add on benefit, and may stabilize for a time. ...Read more

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How does eldepryl (selegiline) manage symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

How does eldepryl (selegiline) manage symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

It boosts dopamine!!: Eldepryl is o/w called selegine or zelapar (oral-disintegrating form). It's a mao-i (mono amine oxidase inhibitor) which slows the breakdown of dopamine, the central chemical deficient in parkinson's. Thereby it boosts the natural Dopamine made by the brain or the synthetic Dopamine in sinemet. Thus, symptoms are more fully & consistently treated. Azilect (rasagiline) is a much better modern choice, however. ...Read more

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What are the early signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease? Also, behaviours?

What are the early signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease? Also, behaviours?

Tremors: Parkinson's if most often a disease of mid- to late- life (ages 50 and up). But, as michael j. Fox shows, it can happen early to some people. Parkinson's disease usually manifests as a certain kind of tremor. The affected person's face can be less mobile or expressive, and, eventually, it becomes harder and harder to initiate movements, like standing up from a chair. ...Read more

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How can eldepryl (selegiline) work to manage symptoms of Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's Disease: Eldepryl (selegiline) is a selective monoamine oxidase inhibitor type b mao-i. It increases the Dopamine available in the barin by inhibiting the monoamine oxidase (a naturally occurring enzyme in the brain involved in removing the neurotransmitters Dopamine and serotonin from the extracellular space). ...Read more

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What condition has a better pronosis: Parkinson's disease or schizophrenia with negative symptoms?

What condition has a better pronosis: Parkinson's disease or schizophrenia with negative symptoms?

Parkinson's disease: Both are serious medical conditions. Yet, there are many alternative therapies available for both disorders. I suggest a neurologist evaluation for parkinson's disease and psychiatric evaluation for schizophrenia. Be well. ...Read more

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I may have some symptoms of parkinson disease; is it possible that some medication cause symptoms like these?

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 (aripiprazole)... 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

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Which symptoms differentiate Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's?

Which symptoms differentiate Parkinson's disease from alzheimer's?

Several : The parkinson's patient will have tremors, stiffness, and gait issues, not seen in alzheimer's. Parkinson's dementia pts may have a rem sleep disorder, florid hallucinations, fluctuating levels of communication, and memory loss which can be helped by cueing. Alzheimer's pts reverse sleep/waking, get worse during the day, cannot incorporate memory items, and lose ability to learn new tasks. ...Read more

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Can Parkinson's disease symptoms be slowed down?

Yes: Parkinsons disease cannot be cured but can be helped by medication and other treatments. See this site for more info.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/parkinsons-disease/ds00295. ...Read more