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Information on the natural timeline for an older person with parkinson's?
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In brief: Sequences
Initially, tremors at rest, mild slowing of function, or minimal walking problems present, and these sxs will respond to Dopamine agonists for about 2 yrs.
For the next 5-7 yrs, pts do well on l-dopa, but later on, combination therapies are vital and even deep brain stimulation may be used. These phases proceed over 10-15 yrs, but do vary from pt to pt.

In brief: Sequences
Initially, tremors at rest, mild slowing of function, or minimal walking problems present, and these sxs will respond to Dopamine agonists for about 2 yrs.
For the next 5-7 yrs, pts do well on l-dopa, but later on, combination therapies are vital and even deep brain stimulation may be used. These phases proceed over 10-15 yrs, but do vary from pt to pt.
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