Symptoms

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  • The Many Symptoms of PD
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    Although tremor is a very common symptom in Parkinson’s Disease it only one of many issues faced by those that live with the challenge of this illness. 
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    Differential Diagnosis in PD
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    Not all tremors are Parkinson's disease.  Care must be taken to determine which of the group of disorders under the broad category, parkinsonism, is the likely diagnosis.
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    Mood Disorders in PD
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    Mood disorders are not an uncommon issue as those of us that live with the challenge of Parkinson’s can attest to.
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  • Pain in Parkinson's
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    And it is one issue that often significantly affects quality of life, which is something none of us want to lose.

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    Premotor Symptoms
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    But focus is now being placed onto a new groups of symptoms – pre-motor symptoms which can predate…
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    Dystonia vs. Dyskinesia
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    One distinction that can be very important to this discussion is the difference between dystonia and dyskinesia,
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  • Sleep Disorders in PD
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    Sleep disturbance is in fact, a very common symptom for those with Parkinson’s Disease with close to 80% suffering from this difficulty. 
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    Diagnosing Depression in PD
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    The standard criteria used to reliably diagnose depression are difficult to apply in those with Parkinson’s.
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  • Gastrointestinal Problems in PD
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    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.
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    Dysphagia in Parkinson's
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    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.
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    Olfactory Dysfunction
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    Olfactory dysfunction refers to a loss of smell and this phenomenon occurs in almost all cases of Parkinson’s (more than 95%).


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  • REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder
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    Estimated to occur in close to 80% of all patients with this illness, are sleep disorders which range from insomnia to frequent awakenings, all adding to the fatigue that also is part of this disease. One type of sleep disorder experienced by some Parkinson’s patients is rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (RBD).
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    Constipation
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    In Parkinson’s disease, constipation is the most commonly reported gastrointestinal symptom. It may in fact predate the appearance of motor symptoms by years and is therefore considered a premotor symptom of this disease. This doesn’t mean that…

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My Blog

"On" Again "Off" Again
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There is such a fine line between taking adequate doses of drugs to push your body into an “on” state and over replacement of the depleted dopamine which results in even more bothersome…
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The Pain of it All...
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Pain. Part and parcel of this experience I guess. Most of the time, discomfort in muscles and joints is secondary to lack of spontaneous movement, rigidity and abnormalities
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Sleep - Overrated?
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Some nights I put up with it, repeating the sleep-dream-wake cycle over and over again until the alarm rings or some nights, like tonight, I get fed up of waking with my heart pounding, disoriented and anxious.
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other publications

PD Hits Old & Young
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Mathur told a crowded Alumni Hall she was just 27 when she was hit by Parkinson's disease. Mathur was rattled by the illness could affect her at such an early age.
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In My Own Words
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It started out on a summer's day, at the age of 27, with a slight tremor in my right pinkie finger.
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