Parkinson's syndrome


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Parkinson's syndrome

Patient discussion about Parkinson's syndrome

Q. What to expect from a Parkinson's patient? My 70 year old father has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. What will he be like from now on, what to expect?

A. Some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease are:
• Trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
• Stiffness of the arms, legs and trunk
• Slowness of movement
• Poor balance and coordination
The symptoms usually get worse with time and then people with the disease may have trouble walking, talking or doing simple tasks.

Q. what is the latest on parkinson?

A. the "National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke" keeps an article on "what's new in Parkinson research" and they update it every now and then. i have to say that the last one is from 2005, but it has some interesting things you might wanna know...:

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/parkinsons_disease/parkinsons_research.htm

and the "National Parkinson Foundation" also keeps their readers updated and have a jornal you may find useful things in:

http://www.parkinson.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?pid=246&srcid=201

Q. How do you tell between temporal shaky hands and parkinson disease? My dear granpa's hands are being a bit shaky lately. I was wondering if I should worry about Parkinson's disease or is it most likely to be something else? How to tell? are there other symptoms for Parkinson's?? Any help...

A. The tremor (shaking body parts) of Parkinson disease appears during rest of the limb and disappears or weakens during active movement. Additionally, Parkinson's disease cause walking problems and slow movements.

You may read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/parkinsonsdisease.html

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