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Deep Brain Stimulation?

Deep Brain Stimulation?

Does anyone who does not have tremors try DBS to improve your quality of life.
I don't shake but body is tight and rigid. Gate of walking is shortened as well as speed of walking. I'm considering DBS but uncertain it will help with my type of PD. Would love to find someone for advice.

A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Thank you

posted about 1 year ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

My husband was diagnosed in 2002. Almost all of his symptoms were not tremors, but severe cramping especially in his legs. Mostly he took carbadopa
at least 4-7 times a day. I don't know how he stood the pain. Beginning Dec 2012, he had his first DBS surgery - he got it foe both sides. There was a total of 4 surgeries at that point in time. I don't know how he did it. Bottom line - he had a much better quality of life for at least 7 years. Unfortunately now, he has increasing dementia and a lot of hallucinations & paranoia. I know he highly recommends it! I think they have it down to 2 surgeries now.

posted about 1 year ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I had DBS on both sides about 9-10 months ago. I do not have tremors or any shaking. My problem was truncal Dystonia- cramping/spasms in the abdominal area. I would ask if your center has had positive results with your particular problem. I am flexible only because I continue to exercise but the procedure has not improved my spasms. Most centers have had success with some problems but not with others types.

posted about 1 year ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Thank you.
Did he have tremors. Are you saying it's worth it to do the surgery .Did he have a positive response in his movement or walking immediately after surgery.

posted about 1 year ago
A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

My hubby had DBS. Thought it would IMPROVE his life. The drs can offer top meds, great advice and testing. After surgery meds should have decreased, quality of life better. My hubby never had any desires to help himself, would not go to group meetings, read literature, follow in home therapists or even drink water. Even with his 94 year old mothers coaxing. He believed he would never get out of his 50’s. His dad died at 58 of a heart attack.
What I’m trying to say is if you want a better quality of life I would do it only if you are willing to work too. I have been with him 30 years, I’m tired of telling him to take pills or eat. He resents me, he has had this 16 years. I am a wife- but PD has forced me to wear many hats. I bathe, shave and dress him.
Please do this for you, but continue with support or counseling. I want my hubby back, in his eyes I am his boss.

posted about 1 year ago
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