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Parkinson's Disease

First identified by Dr James Parkinson in 1817, Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic condition which affects sufferer’s movements – everything from walking to talking. It’s typically seen as a condition that affects older people, which is generally true but it can and does affect younger people, and very rarely children too. Overall it affects about 120,000 people in the UK and tends to get progressively worse. The 3 main symptoms of Parkinson’s are shaking (tremor), rigidity (stiffness) and slowness of movement. These symptoms in turn can affect a person’s ability to do things such as write, stand up or even roll over in bed. Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine being produced in the brain because of a loss of the nerve cells that create it. As the dopamine levels continue to drop in someone with Parkinson’s disease, the condition will worsen. Whilst there is no cure for Parkinson’s a variety of therapies including medications, physiotherapy and even surgery can ease symptoms.

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Iv been having some symptoms for a while and after some reading worried it could be parkingsons, my right arm has been showing signs of weakness for about a year now, iv just started to get tremors but there not always there, I also get a fully body jerk when im trying to relax I also suffer from restless legs all over my body and meds dont help it, iv zero sense of smell and not had any for about 7 years but my main issue is my rigt arm it doesn't feel part of me, I dont feel pain in my right arm which has resulted in me getting hurt and not knowing about it till someone tells me, my balance isnt very good, my memory which used to be extremely good is poor I lose words and also stutter more often than normal (I did have a stutter as a child) could this be parkingsons or something else need help as my doctor just keeps brushing my symptoms off but im getting little to no sleep now due to restless legs and full body jerks





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what treatments are available for tremors?





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my father also died last year from end stage Parkinsons. I would encourage everyone with this condition or knows anyone to reasearch Dysphagia, and the issues with speach. It was the part of the illness we did not know anything about and it caused the main problems. I am now constantly watching the PD progress online and through people like Michael J Foxx who has set up research foundations etc. Its a horrible illness and also seems to be very differant between each sufferer. Take care and lets hope there is a cure out there very soon. THM





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Hi My doctor thinks I might have fibromyaliga but another doctor thinks it could be parkinsons. As symptoms are very close together could it be parkinsons? list of symptoms weakness down left side tremors in right side temors in legs at night time headaches difficulty with finding words when speaking memory loss widespread muscle pain unable to sleep I had been on lyrica and amitriptyline for a while they gave some relief but quickly it ended. I have now been taken off all meds and symptoms have flared back up fulln time. Any help would be great? Thanks Anna





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Hi there im 53years old iv got Parkinson Disease along with Osteoarthritis Arthritis and a skin complaint... Iv been Told that i could not have surgery done on my knee due to my illness (Parkinson) im wondering if i still could go through with it by taking a 50/50 chance of losing my mobility??





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Hello,hope things will get better. I am also 53 yrs young now this is my 13year with this Parkinson. I also have had 3 back surgery's 2 fusion on my l-1 l-2 l-3 &s1 and possible for l2 fusion in future. With my Parkinson dec1 2011 I had a deep brain stimulation done on me at UMC hospital in Colombia mo. Taking very little medicine since surgery.S o Charlie So keep your faith & head up .

Sorry posted surgery date of 2011,the correct date is Dec1 2010

i suffer from the symtoms of pd and was checked by my doctor and then a speacialist who belives its just a tremmer but over the months my tremmer has progressed and i too suffer the aches pains stiffness and slow motivation as other sufferers .. i just want to know is there a op were i can be offered or i can ask abbout to stop the tremmer as im at the stage were im down no personalitie just totaly withdrawn within my self and want to know can i push for treatment which involves the op





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im a female of 18 and i have a temor in my left hand with weakening feeling in my fingers, im seriously worried i might have PD but my brother also died of a brain heamorrage at 13. could it be a tumour instead of PD? im scared to visit my GP...





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I've been suffering in silence for some time now, I suffer with shakes, I look like a nodding dog in a car window. It's some what annoying when there is company in the house, I go up stairs out of the way. I don't go out anymore, over the last couple of months it's got much worse, at times I cannot speak, all my teeth and gums are sore with the grinding I do, I've even bitten the skin on the inside of my mouth and made it bleed, and now in the last month or so, the muscles in my arms are starting to stiffen mainly in my left side at the moment, but the pain is hurendous. I cannot eat properly because of my sore gums and now loose teeth. The headaches I get are terrible because of all the shakin my head does with causes my neck to go stiff, my eyesight goes all sqwiffy, and there's noway I would even attempt to handle anything hot anymore for fear of burning myself or someone else. I should mention though I do have bi polar, if that has anything to do with it. I'm pulling my hair out, if I go to GP I just get looked at funny, so I only go there now to discuss my prescriptions.





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I repeatedly suffer from some violent tremors/shaking mainly affecting my arms and hands but also my legs and facial muscles to which I couldn't control the muscles or movements. When seeing my Doctor she said that the shaking was characteristic of Parkinson's but that it had come on too quickly, she (eventually) managed to get blood from me and the tests all came back clear. As I already have fibromyalgia and now M.E the Doctor has just put it down to the M.E, but I'm not so sure. Could it be parkinson's disease? How do they test for this?





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My Father passed away last September at the age of 77. He had been suffering from Parkinsons disease for over 20 years. After suffering numerous infections and a mini stroke in 2009, the disease took it's toll on his weaking body. There are five stages of Parkinsons, the last being the end stage. My father died from aspiration pneumonia (where food gets breathed into the lungs), common with those at stage five. It is a horrible condition to have and feel for all who have been diagnosed. I hope they shall make a medical break through soon.





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