Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease is available in print or eBook. Copyright and Use of material hereinUnless otherwise indicated, all information contained on this Web site, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio and video clips, is copyrighted by and proprietary to Beverly Ribaudo and Parkinson's Humor. My name is Bev Ribaudo and I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at age 47, but my symptoms started in my mid-30's.
The Parkinson's Disease Support Group meets the first Monday of each month (except July, Aug and Sept) at 9 am at Daybreakers Cafe 10800 N Frontage Rd, Yuma AZ 85367 (I-8, exit #12 Fortuna Blvd, go north, on left, behind the truck stop). Parkinson's disease is a condition in which the brain stops producing regular amounts of dopamine — a chemical that controls our motor skills and impacts the central nervous system. Notice any shaking or twitching.[1] When you think of Parkinson’s disease, the first thing to come to mind may be tremors. Look for the onset of muscle rigidity.[2] After tremors, rigidity is the most well-known symptom of Parkinson’s disease.
Muscle rigidity in the face sometimes causes people with Parkinson’s to develop a “mask”-like, blank expression.[3] The Parkinson’s mask is characterized by staring with little blinking, little or no smiling, and the general suggestion that the person is angry, even if he or she feels just fine. Keep in mind that none of these symptoms alone indicates Parkinson’s.[18] Each of the symptoms described in this section could either be due to normal stress on the body, or a different underlying medical condition.
Approach your general practitioner with your concerns.[22] Parkinson’s disease can be difficult to diagnose, especially in its early stages. Ask about taking carbidopa-levodopa.[25] Carbidopa-levodopa is a medication that treats the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. If the doctors say you don’t have Parkinson’s, but the symptoms don’t go away, get retested periodically. Parkinson's may be the result of a lack of brain anti-oxidants; your health food store has these foods in pill form.

Sleep problems negatively affect around 70 percent of Parkinson's disease patients, a new research shows. A new study suggests patients with Parkinson’s disease exercise to improve their balance, mobility and overall quality of life. Sleep problems negatively affect around 70 percent of Parkinson's disease patients, a new research shows. The researchers explain that in some cases there are complexities in treating sleep problems in Parkinson's patients. The team said that lower doses of levodopa or dopamine agonists can improve sleep quality to an extent by reducing motor symptoms such as nighttime hypokinesia (decreased body movement), dyskinesia (abnormal voluntary movements), or tremor (involuntary shaking), which interfere with normal sleep. The presence of other conditions common in PD patients such as depression, dementia, hallucinations, and psychosis may interfere with sleep.
Historically, when faced with bad behavior by their comrades, feminists have tended to conceal the evidence and attack those who dared reveal it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. The content displayed on any page of this Web site may be used for personal and noncommercial uses which do not harm the reputation of Beverly Ribaudo or Parkinson's Humor, provided that the user does not remove any trademarks, copyright and any other notice contained in such content. Those who suffer from Parkinson's can experience a variety of physical problems, including slower movements and difficulty controlling muscles. When you think of the loss of muscle control that comes with Parkinson’s disease, you may think of the decreased ability to walk, talk, eat, and so on. Parkinson’s affects motor skills and causes muscle stiffness, so people who have it often find that it becomes more and more difficult to write. 90% of people with Parkinson’s will experience a decrease in speech ability.[8] The most common early symptom of this is a softening or quieter voice, though speech can also become breathy or hoarse.

While these symptoms can have a range of causes, in Parkinson’s sufferers, they are due to orthostatic hypotension, a form of low blood pressure that affects 15-50% of patients.[16] Orthostatic hypotension causes your blood pressure to drop suddenly and dramatically when you get up after standing or lying down for a period of time. However, if more than one of these symptoms is observed together for an extended period of time, you should contact a medical professional to be tested for Parkinson’s disease. Only 1-2% of Parkinson’s sufferers have genes that directly cause the development of the disease.[19] Most people have “associated” genes, meaning that they are at a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s, but will not necessarily have it even if they have the genetic predisposition for it. There is no standard diagnostic test for Parkinson’s disease, though scientists are working to find a biological marker — like blood tests or an imaging scan — that can confirm a diagnosis. If you begin taking the medication and notice an improvement in your symptoms, the doctor can use that information to confirm a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Because there is not yet a test for a biological marker of Parkinson’s disease, it can be very difficult to get an accurate diagnosis — especially in the early stages.
Those are: the worsening of sleep problems by dopaminergic medications used to treat motor symptoms. Since Parkinson's disease progresses over time, knowing its signs and symptoms can help you determine if you need to seek treatment and obtain a proper diagnosis. If associated genes are combined with other inherited genes or environmental factors, they can trigger the onset of Parkinson’s. If you observe more than one of the symptoms listed in the previous section and have a family history of Parkinson’s, ask your internist or family physician to go over your symptoms with you. A specialist will be more familiar with the signs of Parkinson’s, and may disagree with your general practitioner’s opinion.

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