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    1. Tremor - Topic Overview

      Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism Parkinson's disease is named for Dr. James Parkinson,who in 1817 first described the features of this illness. Features of Parkinson's disease include tremor,slow movement (bradykinesia),and rigid muscles (rigidity). People with parkinsonism may have Parkinson's disease or another illness with similar symptoms. Other conditions and diseases that cause ...

    2. Tremor - Topic Overview

      When you have Parkinson's disease, you may find that making simple changes to your home and in your daily activities can help you stay independent for a longer time. Make daily activities simplerSimplifying your daily activities may help you to save your energy for activities that really demand it. It also may help to adjust your daily schedule so that your routine is less stressful or tiring.Physical therapists, occupational therapists, other people who have the disease, and the people who care for them may be good sources of help and support.Make simple changes to your homeIf you have trouble moving around or become tired easily, it also may help to make a few changes in your home.Change the location of furniture so that you can hold on to something as you move around the house.Use specially modified chairs that make it easier to sit down and stand up.Group the items you use most often (such as reading glasses, keys, and the telephone) in one easy-to-reach place.Tack down rugs to

    3. Tremor - When to Call a Doctor

      Call your doctor if:You suddenly develop a tremor or if an existing tremor becomes worse.Shaking interferes with your ability to do daily activities or keeps you from taking part in social events.You think that tremor may be a side effect of a medication. ...

    4. Tremor - Topic Overview

      The tremor of Parkinson's disease is not always severe,but it may affect many of your daily activities. To help control tremor in your hand or arm when you are trying to use the hand,press the affected elbow against your body to stabilize your upper arm and then perform the movement. Wearing a rigid brace across a joint or putting a little weight on the hand may help to reduce tremor and ...

    5. Deep Brain Stimulation

      Deep brain stimulation uses electrical impulses to stimulate a target area in the brain. The stimulation affects movement by altering the activity in that area of the brain. The procedure does not destroy any brain tissue, and stimulation can be stopped at any time by turning off the device that supplies the electrical impulses. Surgery is required to implant the equipment that produces the ...

    6. 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 ...

    7. Tremor - Topic Overview

      Parkinson's disease can affect the muscles of the lips,tongue,throat,voice box (larynx),and lungs,all of which are involved in producing speech. Stiff,slow muscles in these areas may lead to: Low voice volume or soft speech. Imprecise speech sounds. Speaking too fast or too slow. Monotonous voice. Hoarseness. A speech therapist (also called a speech-language pathologist) can help you ...

    8. Parkinson's Disease and Depression - Topic Overview

      Exercise is an important part of home treatment for people with Parkinson's disease. It has benefits in both early and advanced stages of the disease. Regular exercise can help you: Maintain muscle strength and improve coordination. Maintain and increase endurance. Improve flexibility and range of motion. Improve cardiovascular fitness. Control weight. Reduce the likelihood of becoming ...

    9. Tremor - 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 ...

    10. Parkinson's Disease and Depression - 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 ...

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