Why did I develop Parkinson's disease?
What are my treatment options?
What are the pros and cons of each treatment?
What short-term and long-term side effects can I expect from the treatment? Is there anything I can do to minimize them?
Can you recommend any support groups for my family and me?
Are there any non-drug options that might help? What lifestyle modifications can I...
In some cases, your doctor will have you try a medicine for
Parkinson's disease. If that medicine helps your symptoms, it may help the
doctor find out if you have the disease.
There are no lab
tests that can diagnose Parkinson's.
But if your doctor isn't sure you have Parkinson's, he or she may do certain tests to see if you have another condition with similar symptoms.
blood tests may be done to check for abnormal thyroid hormone levels or liver
damage. An imaging test (such as a
CT scan or an
MRI) may be used to check for signs of a
stroke or brain tumor.
Another type of
imaging test, called
PET, sometimes may detect low levels of dopamine in
the brain, a key feature of Parkinson's. But PET scanning isn't
commonly used to evaluate Parkinson's because it's very expensive, not available in many hospitals, and only used experimentally.