By Abraham Lieberman
A patient-oriented advisor to dealing with Parkinson sickness and the actual and emotional problems linked to the sickness.
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A business associate, a bank clerk, or your accountant may first notice a change in your handwriting. • Pain. Pain in PD may take several forms. Sometimes it is a dull ache, a persistent nagging, or gnawing at a muscle. It is usually restricted to only one area at a time: a shoulder, an arm, calves of the legs, or the neck. In some people such pain in a shoulder or calf may be the first symptom of PD. Cramping in the leg muscles, especially at night, is a frequent complaint. ” Headaches from rigid muscles in the neck may occur but are uncommon.
To begin with, the diagnosis may be incorrect or, if correct, such a quick diagnosis can be 35 l eb02 11/13/02 11:20 AM 1 0 0 Page 36 Q & A A B O U T P A R K I N S O N D I S E A S E disturbing and not appreciated by you or your family. At the beginning of the illness, you and your family are frightened and anxious. You have probably sensed something is wrong but have denied or dismissed the symptoms. Now you and your family are feeling guilty and angry for not seeking help sooner. If a stranger, even the doctor, rapidly points out the obvious, it succeeds only in reinforcing your guilt and redirecting the anger toward the doctor.
Recently it has been discovered that amantadine, in some people with PD, decreases the dyskinesia caused by levodopa.
100 Questions & Answers About Parkinson Disease by Abraham Lieberman