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  1. Parkinson's Disease - Symptoms

    The most common symptoms of Parkinson's disease include tremor or shaking, stiff muscles and achiness, limited movement, and difficulty with balance.

  2. Parkinson's Disease - What Happens

    What happens to a person with Parkinson's disease may vary from person to person. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease typically begin appearing between the ages 50 and 60.

  3. Parkinson's Disease - Home Treatment

    Home treatment can help you adjust as Parkinson's disease progresses and help you remain independent for as long as possible.

  4. Parkinson's Disease - Cause

    The links between Parkinson's disease and factors such as genetics, aging, toxins in the environment, and free radicals are all under investigation.

  5. Parkinson's Disease - Medications

    Medications are often used as treatment for Parkinson's disease symptoms. These drugs include levodopa and dopamine agonists.

  6. Parkinson's Disease - Treatment Overview

    Parkinson's disease can't be stopped or reversed by any known treatment; however, drugs or surgery can relieve many symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

  7. Parkinson's Disease - Exams and Tests

    A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease is based on your medical history and a thorough neurological exam. There are no lab tests that can diagnose Parkinson's disease.

  8. Parkinson's Disease - Topic Overview

    Parkinson's Disease affects the way you move and occurs when certain nerve cells in the brain don't produce enough dopamine.

  9. Parkinson's Disease: Eating and Drooling Problems - Topic Overview

    Parkinson's disease can change many of the muscles used for speech, chewing, and swallowing. Changes in these muscles may cause:Weight loss and nutrition problems.Slow eating.Fatigue during eating.Food sticking in the throat.Coughing or choking on food or liquids.Trouble swallowing saliva, which causes drooling.Trouble swallowing pills.But there are things you can do to help reduce eating and drooling problems. A speech-language pathologist (also called a speech therapist) can teach you exercises and show you other ways to help with eating, swallowing, and drooling.Eating problemsYou can reduce eating problems by changing how and what you eat.Sit upright when eating, drinking, and taking pills.Take small bites of food, chew completely, and swallow before taking another bite.Take small sips of liquid, and hold them in your mouth as you prepare to swallow.If eating is tiring, divide food into smaller but more frequent meals.Thicker drinks make swallowing easier. Try milk shakes or

  10. Parkinson's Disease and Depression - Topic Overview

    Depression is common in people who have Parkinson's disease. Sometimes it is caused by the disease itself. Or it can be caused by the distress that comes with having any long-term,disabling illness. Taking care of yourself emotionally is an important part of staying healthy. If you are feeling sad or depressed,ask a friend or family member for help. Think about what might be causing or ...

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