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I’m worried that the symptoms I have may mean Parkinson’s disease. What are some questions that I can ask my doctor?

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If you’re worried that you may have Parkinson’s disease, you can ask your doctor:

  • Could my symptoms be a sign that I have Parkinson’s disease?
  • What causes Parkinson’s disease? How is it diagnosed?
  • Should I be tested for other conditions that may be causing my symptoms?
  • Is there anything you can do now to ease my symptoms?
  • How often should I come in for follow-up visits?

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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