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The Earliest Signs of Parkinson's - Years Ahead
Parkinson's disease is characterized by hallmark motor symptoms but there are premotor symptoms that can present years prior and include constipation, sleep disorder, depression and olfactory dysfunction.
Other Than Tremor, What are the Symptoms of...
Parkinson's disease is a complicated disease and the features of this illness span many different body systems resulting in diverse range of symptoms.
The 10 Common Symptoms of Parkinson’s...
PD is a brain disorder involving loss of the chemical messenger dopamine. It is a progressive disorder, meaning that it typically gets worse over the years. Dopamine normally controls muscle activity so PD primarily affects movement. Its three cardinal signs are tremor (trembling which usually starts in one hand), rigidity in the trunk or limbs and slowness of movement.
If not Parkinson's disease, what could it be?
A tremor isn't always due to Parkinson's disease. There are many other conditions to consider and certain atypical features that may indicate other forms of Parkinsonism.
What Does it Take to Diagnose Parkinson's...
Diagnosing Parkinson's disease is a complex process of documenting symptoms, physical examination and sometimes neuroimaging or other tests.
What Causes the Resting Tremor in Parkinson's...
While doctors are not completely sure what causes the resting tremor in Parkinson's disease, it is believed that lowered dopamine levels in the brain cause it to become unable to control movements.
Your Guide to Parkinson's Medications
This guide to Parkinson's medications will help you learn about the different medications that are available for controlling the symptoms of this incurable disease.
Why Parkinson's Disease Can Cause Speech Problems
Learn about the causes of speech problems in Parkinson's disease, and find out what treatments, like Lee Silverman voice treatments, can do to help.
A General Approach To Managing Your Parkinson's...
Parkinson's disease and its many effects can be approached with a general management strategy in order to optimize your quality of life.
Your Guide To Parkinson's Diagnosis
The diagnosis of Parkinson's disease can be a complex process. This group of articles from a physician and patient perspective assists in its understanding.
Cogwheeling
A brief definition of cogwheeling motion in patients afflicted with Parkinson's disease.
The Physical Exam in Parkinson's - What Your...
Other than symptoms, physicians also get valuable information from their physical examination when trying to diagnose Parkinson's disease.
10 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Parkinson's...
Medications are an inevitable part of managing Parkinson's disease. Here are 10 tips to help you optimize your medications and improve your quality of life.
Scan Me - Do I have Parkinson's disease?
Although there is no definitive test for Parkinson's, the role of neuroimaging in Parkinson's is discussed.
The Many Types of Pain in Parkinson's Disease
There was a time when pain was not thought to be a part of Parkinson's but unfortunately it is a real phenomena and can stem from many sources.
Dystonia vs. Dyskinesia
Managing Parkinson's requires a delicate balance between medications and side effects. Clarification between dystonia and dyskinesia is important.
On-Off Phenomenon
A brief definition of the on-off phenomenon.
Sleep Problems and Parkinson's Disease
Learn about how Parkinson's disease affects your sleep, from REM behavior disorder to insomnia.
Bradykinesia
Slow movement. Parkinson's Disease.
Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease
Some of the most troubling symptoms of PD are the non-motor symptoms such as mental and behavioral changes, sleep problems and mood problems.
Will My Children Inherit Parkinson's Disease?
If you have Parkinson's Disease, does that mean your children will inherit it too? Find out whether Parkinson's disease is hereditary.
The Complex Etiology of Parkinson's Disease
We think of Parkinson's as being the result of low dopamine levels but it's more complicated resulting in a more complete understanding of the disease.
Role of Your Neurologist and Members of Your...
Learn the right questions to ask when looking for the best neurologist to work with you.
Can I Drive With Parkinson's Disease?
People with Parkinson's disease are still able to drive, but you should keep in mind that certain symptoms may arise with PD that could make driving dangerous. To avoid accidents, monitor your symptoms to decide when to stop driving.
Diet in Early Stages of PD
Find out what foods are rich in antioxidants and how to include them in your diet.
Treatment for Parkinson's Disease
Learn about different drug therapies, surgical treatments, and physical treatments for patients with Parkinson's disease.
Drooling and Excess Saliva in Parkinson's Disease
Find out why people with Parkinson's disease have excess saliva and drool, and what can be done to help.
How to Tell If You’re at Risk for...
Factors that indicate a person's risk for Parkinson's disease include age, gender, genetics, exposire to toxins, and other factors. Learn more about the risk factors for Parkinson's disease here.
Apathy and Parkinson's - Who Cares?
Complicating the symptoms of Parkinson's disease are non motor issues such as apathy which can affect all aspects of life - social, personal and occupational. Here are some tips that can help.
Dopamine Medications for Parkinson's Disease
Medications that increase the level of dopamine in the brain are the most popular treatment for Parkinson's Disease. Read more about drug therapies here.
Weight Loss in Parkinson's Disease
Find out why some Parkinson's patients find that they lose weight unexpectedly.
Mood and Memory Changes in Parkinson's Disease
Find out how and why Parkinson's disease affects your memory and mood.
Why and How Parkinson's Disease Affects Sexual...
Learn about sexual problems in Parkinson's disease, what causes them, and what can be done.
How to Cope with Sexual Side Effects of...
Learn about sexual problems in Parkinson's disease, what causes them, and what can be done.
Masked Facies
a brief definition of. Parkinson's Disease.
Your Guide to Neuropsychiatric Symptoms
Neuropsychiatric symptoms frequently complicate Parkinson's disease and significantly impact quality of life. Learn about these conditions and how you can manage them.
Young Onset vs. Late Onset Parkinson's Disease
Although there are many similarities between all patients diagnosed with Parkinson's, there are some unique challenges that those with Young Onset Parkinson's Disease face.
Exercise to Help Your Parkinson's Disease
Find out how exercise will benefit people with Parkinson's and what you should do.
Postural Instability
A brief definition of postural instability.
Persistent Neck Pain in Women - Is It...
Neck pain in woman may be an early sign of Parkinson's disease.
Urinary Incontinence in Parkinson's Disease
People with Parkinson's disease may have to deal with urinary incontinence. Find out what you can do about urinary incontinence here.
When You Have Just Been Diagnosed With...
Some tips and suggestions on what to do when you have just been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Do not let PD define who you are.
Dopamine Replacement Therapy in Parkinson's...
Since it's development decades ago, levodopa continues to be the gold standard of treatment for Parkinson's disease, improving motor symptoms and functioning.
Essential Tremor
A brief explanation of essential tremor and why it is different from Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's Disease and Visual Disturbances
Parkinson's disease can cause visual disturbances.
Lewy Bodies
A brief definition of Lewy bodies
Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia - Are...
Dementia is a known complication that can develop in those with Parkinson's disease. Are you at risk?
Biomarkers - Heralding a Brighter Future for...
There is no diagnostic test for Parkinson's disease. Biomarkers which are measurable indicators of disease will help in diagnosis, management and treatment of Parkinson's.
Dealing With Sleep Disorders in Parkinson's
Sleep disorders are common in Parkinson's and significantly affect quality of life. Here are some guidelines to help you get a better night's rest.
Rigidity
What is Rigidity? Parkinson's Disease.
Mood Disorders in Parkinson's Disease
Mood disorders are more prevalent in the Parkinson's community and are sometimes difficult to diagnose. But early management is key when considering quality of life.
Is There a Parkinson's Disease Cure?
Find out what can be done about Parkinson's disease.
About Fatigue in Parkinson's Disease
Find out all about fatigue in Parkinson's disease, how it is diagnosed, and what you can do to cope with it.
Dopamine Agonists in the Treatment of...
Dopamine agonists in treating Parkinson's - another group of medications, not without their limitations but can help manage symptoms. Learn more...
Is There a Parkinsonian Personality?
(PD). Many experts on PD, including spouses of persons with PD, claim that persons with PD develop certain
Your Guide To Parkinson's Clinical Trials
Without your participation in clinical trials, better treatments for Parkinson's disease and ultimately a cure will never be found. Learn all about the process of becoming involved.
Over-the-Counter Pain Remedies and Parkinson&#8...
Find out what causes pain in Parkinson's disease, what you can do to alleviate your pain, and what over-the counter pain medications are best.
MAO - B Inhibitors in the Treatment of...
MAO - B inhibitors play a role in the treatment of Parkinson's disease either on their own or in combination with other medications.
Treating Pain in Parkinson's Disease
Pain is a very real and potentially debilitating symptom in Parkinson's disease. It must be addressed through non-pharmacologic and medical interventions to optimize quality of life.
Impact of Parkinson’s Disease on...
Find out how to deal with the effects Parkinson's disease might have on your relationship with your spouse, family, friends, and yourself.
Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia
An unfortunate part of the journey with Parkinson's for some, is dementia. There are two main types are Lewy Body Dementia and Parkinson's Disease.
Protein and Parkinson's Medications
Find out how protein interacts with levodopa medications for Parkinson's disease, and how to manage the protein in your diet so that it does not change the effectiveness of your medication.
Multiple System Atrophy
A brief definition of Multiple System Atrophy.
Talking To Kids About Parkinson's Disease
Talking to children about Parkinson's disease can help allay some of the natural fears they may have about the changes they witness. Here are some guidelines for talking to young children.
Who Is At Risk For Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson's disease can affect anyone at any stage of life but there are certain risk factors that have been associated with the development of this illness.
Stiff Shoulder Syndrome: Is it Parkinson’s?
If you've been feeling stiffness in your shoulders, find out whether it might be related to your Parkinson's Disease
Advice for Patients with Dementia and...
Receiving a diagnosis of dementia can be devastating news, particularly when already dealing with a chronic diagnosis such as Parkinson's. Here are some tips that may help you cope.
Managing the Stress of Parkinson's - 5 Things...
Just as there are productive ways of managing the stress that the challenges of Parkinson's brings, there are destructive habits as well that you need to identify.
How and When to Tell Your Boss and Coworkers...
Learn how to go about telling your boss and coworkers about your Parkinson's disease, and what options are available to you as a worker.
Managing Your Diet When You Have Parkinson's...
Find out all about how your Parkinson's affects your weight, what foods and nutrients you need, and what you should to to manage your diet.
How Antioxidants Affect Parkinson's Disease
Neuroprotective therapies hold promise for slowing progression of Parkinson's disease because they can protect the cells that produce dopamine. Here is a summary of existing and upcoming neuroprotective therapies for PD.
Parkinson's Disease
A brief definition of Parkinson's Disease.
5 Tips to Help You Cope With Parkinson's Disease
Stress is an inevitable accompaniment to a diagnosis such as Parkinson's disease. There are habits that you can adopt to help manage that stress.
The Gastrointestinal Effects of Parkinson's...
Find out what the gastrointestinal effect of Parkinson's disease can be.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine...
Find out what alternative medicine therapies can help you live with Parkinson's disease.
Genetics Testing in Parkinson's Disease
Whether or not to undergo genetics testing when faced with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is a very personal decision and this information may provide you with information that will allow you to make an educated choice.
Dealing with the Emotional Challenges of...
A Parkinson's disease diagnosis is very emotionally challenging. What can you do to cope?
The Pros and Cons of Deep Brain Stimulation
If you are considering deep brain stimulation as a treatment for Parkinson's disease, you should know the risks and benefits
The Pace of Innovation in Treatment of...
Looking at the history of the development of treatments for Parkinson's disease, there is hope that new treatments will continue to emerge that slow the progression of PD.
Dementia in Parkinson’s Disease –...
Caring for a loved one with Parkinson's disease is difficult particularly when dementia complicates the course of this illness. Here are some tips for caregivers.
On Family Care of the Individual with...
Caregiving for a family member with Parkinson's disease can be very stressful. Read about what resources are available to caregivers.
Treating Mood Disorders in Parkinson's Disease
Mood disorders are fairly common in those affected by Parkinson's disease and must be identified and treated in order to improve quality of life.
Lee Silverman Voice Treatment
Find out how Lee Silverman Voice Treatment can help speech and language problems in Parkinson's disease.
Other Medications Used in the Treatment of...
This article discusses other medications available for treating Parkinson's including COMT inhibitors, amantadine, anticholinergics and cholinesterase inhibitors.
Central Pain in Parkinson's Disease
Find out about central pain and Parkinson's disease.
Changes That Need to Be Made to the Home When...
Find out what changes need to be made to your home to make it more accessible to someone with Parkinson's disease.
How to Deal With the Effects of Parkinson's...
Find out how to deal with the effects Parkinson's disease might have on your relationship with your spouse, family, friends, and yourself. Page 2.
Dyskinesia
A brief definition of dyskinesia.
Improving Mood and Memory in People With...
Cognitive rehabilitation can help you with mood, memory, and thinking problems caused by Parkinson's Disease.
The Goal in Parkinson's Disease? Quality of Life!
The goal of treating Parkinson's disease must be quality of life and needs to be the main priority of patients and medical professionals alike.
Treatment of Dyskinesias and Motor Fluctuations
Find out how dyskinesias are treated.
Do Only Old People Get Parkinson's Disease?
Learn what age groups can develop Parkinson's disease.
List of Parkinson's Drugs and Their Generic Names
A list of the generic names of popular Parkinson's disease drugs.
Micrographia
A brief definition of micrographia.
Myths and Misconceptions About Clinical Trials...
Lack of clinical trial participation is a real problem in Parkinson's disease research. Part of the problem are the misconceptions or myths about the whole process.
Parkinson's Disease Can Cause Awkward Situations
Parkinson's disease can cause awkward situations in every day life. Here are some helpful tips on how to handle those situations.
Parkinson's and Supplements
Find out what dietary supplements may be beneficial to people with Parkinson's disease.
Bradyphrenia
What is bradyphrenia? Parkinson's Disease.
Is Parkinson's Disease Caused by a Virus? Is It...
Find out whether Parkinson's disease is caused by a virus.
Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT or CT Scan)
A brief definition of Computerized Axial Tomography (CAT or CT scan).
Constipation in Parkinson's Disease
Constipation is one of the most common non motor and premotor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Here are 5 tips to help manage this symptom associated with poor quality of life.
Tips for Managing All of Your Parkinson’s...
Learn strategies to manage your medications properly, how to deal with pharmacies, and the wearing-on and wearing-off of medications.
Gastrointestinal Problems in Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease affects our body's functioning in many ways including our gastrointestinal tract giving us symptoms from poor dentition to difficulty swallowing and elimination.
Hoehn and Yahr Stages
Learn about the Hoehn and Yahr Stages.
Build Your Support Team
Living well with Parkinson's Disease and optimizing management requires a team approach with a variety of medical and wellness professionals.
Alternative Medicine for Pain in Parkinson's...
Find out what alternative medicine therapies can help alleviate the pain associated with Parkinson's disease.
Facing Parkinson's Disease With Optimism
Given the fact that this is a chronic, progressive disease, Parkinson's is a stressful diagnosis to receive. The diagnosis is not within your control but your outlook is.
Freezing
: Almost half of the population of people with Parkinson's disease experience a sudden inability to move
Walking the Tightrope of Caring for Someone...
Being a caregiver is stressful. Find out about caregiver stress and what you can do about it.
The Stress of Parkinson's Disease on Relationsh...
Divorce rates are higher in couples where one partner is affected by chronic illness, compared to the general population. There are many factors that contribute to these difficulties.
Danger: Swallowing Difficulties in Parkinson&rs...
Aspiration pneumonia, a consequence of dysphagia or difficulty swallowing, is a leading cause of death in Parkinson's disease so addressing this symptom is very important.
What Is Fatigue?
Find out why people get fatigued with Parkinson's disease.
What Causes Impulse Control Disorders and Who...
Find out what causes Parkinson's patients to find trouble controlling impulsive behaviors like gambling, sex, spending, and eating.
Depression in Parkinson's - Not Always An Easy...
There are many reasons diagnosing depression in Parkinson's disease can be difficult including the overlap of symptoms, the under-reporting of mood issues and the perceived stigma attached to mental disorders as well as PD.
Getting Help Through and at Your Workplace
Learn what options are available to employees who have Parkinson's disease. Page 2.
Tremor
A brief definition of tremor. Parkinson's Disease.
How Can Impulse Control Disorders in Parkinson'...
Find out how to treat compulsive behaviors like gambling, hypersecuality, compulsive spending, compulsive eating, and punding caused by Parkinson's disease medications.
Pesticides and Parkinson's Disease
A recent study conducted by researchers at UCLA looked at a group of patients with Parkinson's Disease compared to a control group and investigated their levels
Activities of Daily Living
These are the mundane activities we perform each day (e.g., dressing, bathing, cooking, paying bills, eating, toileting, shopping, walking from one room to another, talking with others, leisure activities etc).
Negative Coping Strategies for Parkinson's...
Avoid getting caught up in these negative thoughts when coping with Parkinson's disease.
Dysphagia
A brief definition of dysphagia.
How to Cope With Having Parkinson's Disease
Find out different ways that you can cope with the stress of having Parkinson's disease.
Family Care of the Individual with Parkinson's...
Caring for a family member with Parkinson's disease can be very stressful and can take its toll on the health of the caregiver. Here is some information on the stress associated with family caregiving. Page 2.
Can Parkinson’s Disease be Cured? Clues...
Find out how genes effect Parkinson's disease, and how research might use genetics to find a cure.
Where To Get Reliable Information on Parkinson'...
The internet can serve as a readily accessible resource of information however finding reliable and trustworthy sources can be difficult. Here is a list of informative sites.
What is Deep Brain Stimulation?
What is deep braim stimulation (DBS)?
What Kinds of Behaviors Can Become Impulsive...
Find out what behaviors may become compulsive when you are taking medications for Parkinson's disease.
What Is the Placebo Effect?
A brief definition of the placebo effect.
Why Participate in Clinical Trials for...
As patients we are key to successful Parkinson's research. Without us better treatments and a cure will not be found - the importance of clinical trials.
Speech and Voice in Parkinson's Disease
Speech therapy can help not just speech, but several functions in people with Parkinson's disease.
Treatments for the Emotional Challenge of...
Find out the ways that your doctor can help treat depression in Parkinson's disease.
Ways to Cope With a Diagnosis of Parkinson's...
Tips for coping with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, and what not to do.
Seeking Support to Cope with Parkinson's Disease
Seeking the support of others is a healthy way to cope with having Parkinson's disease
Clinical Trials
A clinical trial is a test of a new drug or treatment to evaluate its effectiveness and safety. Often clinical trials are run by the big drug companies with hundreds of participants and dozens of study sites around the country. Clinical trials are by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before a new drug or treatment can be put on the market.
Good Sleep Habits
Tips for getting a good night's sleep when you have Parkinson's disease
Carbidopa
Carbidopa is a drug that prevents the nausea and vomiting sometimes associated with levodopa. 'Sinemet' combines carbidopa with levodopa in one tablet. Usually dose of each drug is given as a ratio with carbidopa on top and levodopa on bottom. So a dose of 25/100 would indicate 25 milligrams of carbidopa and 100 milligrams of levodopa.
Tips for Traveling With Parkinson's Disease
Tips for travel and vacationing with Parkinson's Disease.
Spiritual Practices for Parkinson's Disease
Find out how to use spiritual practices to cope with your Parkinson's disease better.
Pope John Paul II and Parkinson's Disease
A profile of Pope John Paul II's Parkinson's Disease.
Gastrointestinal Complications in Parkinson's...
Find out what dietary problems may come up in mid to late stages of Parkinson's disease and how to cope with them.
Dressing Well Despite Parkinson's Disease
Tips on how to make getting dressed easier when you have Parkinson's disease.
The Challenge of Managing Parkinson's Disease
The challenges of managing Parkinson's Disease are discussed as well as the importance of accurate diagnosis
Dopamine
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter or brain chemical that is depleted in Parkinson's Disease. Most drugs that relieve Parkinson symptoms work by increasing doapmine levels in the brain.
6 Tips For Nurturing Your Relationship Despite...
Relationships are affected by the stress of Parkinson's and it requires awareness and commitment in order to ensure your relationship thrives.
Sinemet
A brief description of the drug Sinemet
Resting Tremor
What is Resting Tremor? Parkinson's Disease.
Genetics Loads The Gun
For some genetics can play a role in the development of Parkinson's disease.
Welcome!
Welcome from the new Parkinson's Disease contributor.
Parenting With Parkinson’s Disease
Parenting is a challenging responsibility. Having to take this on while facing a chronic disease like Parkinson's amplifies those challenges.
Dealing with the Challenge of Denial When You...
It is normal to be in denial about your Parkinson's disease, but you do need to go seek help.
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