• medication

    Diagnosed with pd 5 yrs. ago.taking requip and azilect. do they cotain lavodopa?

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  • High Blood pressure & internal Tremors

    My mother was diagnosed about 10 years ago with Parkinsons. More recently I would say about 10 months to a year ago she started having episodes where she feels what she describes as internal tremors, her blood pressure also spikes and she feels hot and her face gets flush. She has been to multiple Dr’s with no answers. I am tryin to do some research online and came across multiple things such as MSA, Shy-Drager syndrome etc… Is there something else I should be looking at? Thank you

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  • Surgery risk for Parkinson Patients

    I have a 68 year old sister who was diagnosed with Parkinson”s in the mid 1990s. She continued to be in the mild stage until recently when it has progressed to the high moderate level. In Sept 2012, she underwent an 8 hour spinal lamenectomy in which she developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome a week later. She was in ICU for three months and had 3 strokes during that time. Miraculously, she has mostly recovered from most of the problems aasociated with GBS and the strokes. However, her Parkinson’s started to progress at a much more rapid pace since her recovery. I had read a post on your site from Dr. A. Lieberman regarding the potential risks of surgery for Parkinson’s patients. Our family has been wondering whether or not the back surgery could have been a factor with the GBS and the fast progression of the Parkinson’s. Is there any other information you can provide?

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  • DRUGS

    I AM 63 AND HAVE HAD PD FOR ABOUT 3 YRS. I TAKE 16MG DAILY OF REQUIP XL AND 1 MG OF AZILECT. MY SX ARE CONTROLLED FOR THE MOST PART BUT DEFINITELY GETTING WORSE OVER TIME,,MAINLY LEFT HAND TREMOR AND LEFT LEG AND FOOT WEAKNESS AND SPASMS. MY QUESTION IS ABOUT SINEMET. IS IT WISE TO HOLD OFF TAKING IT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE OR NOT.ALSO, DO YOU HAVE AN OPINION ON GENERIC REQUIP XL? I STARTED TAKING IT AND I’M NOT SURE IF IT’S WORKING WELL.THANKS,

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  • Not Swallowing

    My husband has Parkinson’s Disease and dementia. He is 66 years old and was diagnosed with PD in 2001 (had symptoms several years before); with dementia in 2005. I know that drooling can become an issue with PD, however this is not the problem. There are many instances when he “holds” liquids, sometimes food in his mouth. He can swallow fine when he’s wants to, i.e, thirsty or hungry. Generally when he takes his first dose of Stalevo at 7:00 a.m. he will drink at least a cup of liquid without any difficulty. We have tried all kinds of “tricks” i.e., ice cream, different kinds of drinks. At times he looks like a chipmunk because his mouth is full of saliva, pill, and drink. He will not spit it out either. He has held for hours which is not good for his health. Can anyone give me any idea what’s going on here. This has been an issue for years. Takes meds 11 times per day — difficult getting them in when this problem occurs — which is generally every day now particularly later in the day.

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  • orthostatic hypotension

    My father is 84, diagnosed with PD >5 years ago. Last 4 years Madopar 100/25 QID, and additional slow release Madopar introduced last year as well. Mild PD, tremor to right hand some neck rigidity and stopped cervical/neck area. No shuffling, Recent knee replacement – pain management local anaesthetic in knee for 24 hours. Over last 4 days whilst hospitalised significant postural drop of bw 40-70. Commenced on flurinef 100 daily continued hypotension resulting in 3 met codes, flurinef increased to 200 daily hypotension persists. What would you suggest to assist with this managment. Is this progression of the disease or more induced due to surgery and hosptial stay?

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