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  1. Tremor - Home Treatment

    Stress reduction can sometimes help to reduce tremors. For more information, see the topic Stress Management.Add a little weight to your hand by wearing a heavy bracelet or watch or holding something in your hand. This may reduce some tremors and restore more control to your hands.Drink beverages from half - filled cups or glasses, and use a straw.Get enough rest and sleep. Fatigue often makes a .

  2. 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 ...

  3. Parkinson's Disease and Freezing - Topic Overview

    Freezing (sometimes called motor block) is a sudden,brief inability to start movement or to continue rhythmic,repeated movements,such as finger-tapping,writing,or walking. Freezing most often affects walking,but it also can affect speech,writing,and the person's ability to open and close his or her eyes. It tends to develop later in the course of the disease. Freezing can be very ...

  4. Parkinson's Disease: Movement Problems From Levodopa - Topic Overview

    Movement problems (motor fluctuations) are the most common complication of long-term levodopa use. The majority of people who take levodopa develop these problems within 5 to 10 years. The main types of levodopa-related motor fluctuations include: The wearing-off effect. Wearing-off periods occur when the effects of a single dose of levodopa do not last as long as they used to. Control of ...

  5. 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

  6. Differences Between Essential Tremor and Parkinson's Disease - Topic Overview

    Essential tremor differs from the tremor caused by Parkinson's disease in the following ways: Essential tremor may affect the head and voice. Head tremor is uncommon in early Parkinson's disease. Essential tremor is almost always worse when the affected part of the body is in motion than when it is at rest. Tremor associated with Parkinson's disease generally decreases or disappears when the ...

  7. Tremor - Topic Overview

    Tremor is an involuntary shaking movement that is repeated over and over. Although it may affect any part of the body, tremor most often affects the hands and head. Occasionally the feet or torso may also shake.Essential tremor, which sometimes runs in families, is one of the most common types of tremor. It is shaking that is most noticeable when you are doing something like lifting a cup or ...

  8. Parkinson's Disease and Sexual Problems - Topic Overview

    Problems with sexual function in people with Parkinson's disease are common. Muscle stiffness and movement may make sexual activity difficult. Depression or anxiety may result in a loss of interest in sex or,in men,erection problems. These often can be improved by treatment with medicine. Parkinson's disease can affect the nerves that control the sexual organs. This may cause difficulty in ...

  9. Parkinson-Plus Syndromes - Topic Overview

    Parkinson-plus syndromes are a group of neurological conditions that are similar to Parkinson's disease but have unique characteristics. These syndromes can be hard to diagnose because the symptoms mimic other conditions. Following are the four most common types of Parkinson-plus syndromes. Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) PSP is a rare disorder that,like Parkinson's disease,causes ...

  10. Tremor - Treatment Overview

    Some tremors can be treated with medicine or surgery.A tremor caused by Parkinson's disease may get better if your Parkinson's disease is treated. Essential tremor is usually treated with medicine, such as:Primidone (for example, Mysoline).Propranolol (for example, Inderal).Essential tremor that doesn't get better with medicine may be treated with surgery, such as:Deep brain stimulation (DBS).Thalamotomy.

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