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I'm having problems with my Parkinson’s disease. What questions can I ask my doctor?

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If you’re having problems with your Parkinson’s disease, you can ask your doctor:

  • Can my problems be a sign that my Parkinson’s disease is getting worse?
  • Are my problems a side effect of my Parkinson’s medication? Should I change medications?
  • Should I be tested for other conditions that may be causing my problems?
  • Should I consider surgery? What are the risks and benefits?
  • Should I talk to a specialist about the best ways to live with Parkinson’s disease?

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: "Parkinson’s disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Parkinson disease."

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: "Understanding Parkinson’s."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on February 17, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke: "Parkinson’s disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Parkinson disease."

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation: "Understanding Parkinson’s."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on February 17, 2018

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