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Parkinson's Disease Health Center

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  1. 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. ...

  2. Pallidotomy (Posteroventral Pallidotomy) for Parkinson's Disease

    In Parkinson's disease, a part of the brain called the globus pallidus is overactive, which causes a decrease in the activity of a different part of the brain that controls movement.In a pallidotomy, the surgeon destroys a tiny part of the globus pallidus

  3. Tremor - Topic Overview

    No known treatment can stop or reverse the breakdown of nerve cells that causes Parkinson's disease. But medicine can relieve many symptoms of the disease.Treatment is different for every person. And the type of treatment you will need may change as the disease progresses. Your age, work status, family, and living situation can all affect decisions about when to begin treatment, what types of treatment to use, and when to make changes in treatment. As your medical condition changes, you may need regular adjustments in your treatment to balance quality-of-life issues, side effects of treatment, and treatment costs.The decision to start taking medicine, and which medicine to take, will be different for each person with Parkinson's disease. Your doctor will be able to help you make these choices.For many years, levodopa has been the drug of choice for treating Parkinson's disease. Although many newer drugs have been developed, including the dopamine agonists (for example,

  4. Tremor - 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 .

  7. Parkinson's Disease and Exercise - 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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