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I have young onset parkinsons-i swear i don't sleep-is this unusual?

I have young onset parkinsons-i swear i don't sleep-is this unusual?

PD and sleep: Patients with pd often have difficulty initiating and maintaining sleep in addition to sleep attacks during the day potentially made worse with meds. It's rather common. You should discuss this with your neurologist. ...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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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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Can you get Parkinson's disease symptoms at a young age?

Can you get Parkinson's disease symptoms at a young age?

MAY BE MEDS INDUCED: U have to know the difference bw parkinsonism and parkinson disease, one is genetic and occurs due to depleted Dopamine in substantia nigra, where we make dopamine, and the other could be due to meds especially due to meds causing it especially antipsychotics may need a neuro consult , if positive for family history. ...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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Help! My hand is shaky and my muscles r stiff, I'm only 18 which is too young to get Parkinson's. What else could this be?

Help! My hand is shaky and my muscles r stiff, I'm only 18 which is too young to get Parkinson's. What else could this be?

Medications: Important to know if you are on any medications as if so, these may be side effects that need prompt attention. ...Read more

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My mom (75 years old but biologically younger) has early parkinson's. Any downside to mao-b inhibitor instead of levodopa if symptoms minimal?

My mom (75 years old but biologically younger) has early parkinson's. Any downside to mao-b inhibitor instead of levodopa if symptoms minimal?

Neurologist can help: A small amount of information is on the internet regarding MAO inhibitors (such as selegiline) and l-dopa to treat parkinson's. Among elderly patients, individuals can react quite differently to various meds & doses, so a person's treatment has to be customized. It appears that using both meds allows one to use a lower dose of l-dopa. The list of selegiline side effects looks milder than l-dopa's. ...Read more

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

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

Tremor, Poor Control: Tremor or poor control of movement are typical presenting signs. Loss of smell can also be a sign of pd. ...Read more

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I am worried I may have early onset Parkinson's symptoms?

I am worried I may have early onset Parkinson's symptoms?

Sound Familiar?: 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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Is early onset Parkinson's disease ever misdiagnosed? Please advise!

Is early onset Parkinson's disease ever misdiagnosed? Please advise!

Not uncommon: Early Parkinsonian signs may be somewhat non-specific, such as foot dystonia, or nonspecific gait imbalance. The cardinal features of tremor, rigidity, cog wheeling, and characteristic gait may develop later. Sometimes, the initial tremor at rest may be mislabeled. ...Read more