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What Is Parkinsonism?

What Is Parkinsonism?

I have heard this mentioned in conversation & not sure what it is in ref. to Parkinsons diesese.

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

According to Parkinson's Disease Foundation, the term “parkinsonism” is a generic descriptive term that refers to the whole category of neurological diseases that causes slowness of movement. The category includes the classic form of Parkinson’s disease, many atypical variants, sometimes called “Parkinson’s Plus Syndromes,” and any other brain disease that resembles Parkinson’s, such as hydrocephalus or drug-induced parkinsonism.

In all cases of parkinsonism, no matter the cause, there is a disturbance in the dopamine systems of the basal ganglia — a part of the brain that controls movement. In all cases, this dopamine deficiency leads to the characteristic combination of tremor, slowness, rigidity and postural instability.

Classic (idiopathic) Parkinson’s is the most common and most treatable form of parkinsonism. For a significant minority, about 15 percent of all persons with parkinsonism, one of the atypical variants may be present. These conditions are more serious and less treatable than classic PD, and include diseases such as:

multiple system atrophy (MSA)
progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP)
corticobasal degeneration (CBD)
Lewy body dementia (LBD)

posted about 4 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Nothing is simple , all the meds work with your brain chemistry! Some good , some bad!

posted about 4 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Thank you. I am learning a little more every time I get on this site.

posted about 4 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Thank you Debbie & George your answers were very helpful hugs to you both Janny.

posted about 4 years ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Parkinsonism is an atypical Parkinson's. There may be many symptoms of Parkinson's but there are other symptoms that don't mimic a typical Parkinson's. It includes : LBD which stands for LEwy Body Dementia. If you google LBD it will go over several features that are different. There are others that fall into that but I can't recall them right off but you should find relatively easy by googling the word 'Parkinsonism. I hope I was helpful.

posted about 4 years ago
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