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Are hypomanic symptoms normal in the progression of Parkinson's disease?

Are hypomanic symptoms normal in the progression of Parkinson's disease?

Before my PD diagnosis I was diagnosed with bipolar 2 due to hypomanic and depression symptoms. My movement disorder specialist has now told me that this was probably a precursor to the physical symptoms of Parkinson's. Is this normal? What is the best way to treat it because the psychiatrist I see now has never dealt with a Parkinson's patients showing hypomanic or bipolar symptoms.I am taking the medication lamictal that I took years ago… read more

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A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I'm bipolar 2...i also take lamictal...helps with mood swings and depression...i used to take Klonopin for anxiety but now I'm on hydroxyzine...my… read more

posted 7 days ago
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Anyone taking Inbrija inhaler for off times?

Anyone taking Inbrija inhaler for off times?

My husband's neurologist just prescribed the Inbrijia inhaler to help with "off" times. He was taking the Apokyn injection as needed but it caused orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure) and it he passed out (Apoykyn is not like levodopa but similar to Miralax). Inbrijia is a levodopa powder that goes into a rescue inhaler for those bad "off" times. He hasn't started it yet but was wondering if anyone has had experience with this new medication. Thanks.

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A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

Yes, thank you RainbowMom, for the info.

posted 2 days ago
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Memantine versus Aricept

Memantine versus Aricept

My husband has Parkinsons but also Dimentia with Lewy Body. We live in two different cities each 6months of the year. We are trying to establish a set of Docs in both cities. Our main Parkinson's doctor is in Phoenix but the one in Indianapolis deals more with the dimentia but also works with many Parkinsons patients. My husband has been taking Memantine for the last year and seemed to do ok. The new dimentia doc changed him from Memantine to Aricept and said he would feel so much… read more

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Any correlation of taking Tizanidine and migraines

Any correlation of taking Tizanidine and migraines

I recently started taking Tizanidine (Zanaflex) with starting dosage of 4 mg at night and woke up with migraine? I have reviewed side effects and don't see it on the list. Has anyone else who has tried this medication, had this issue?

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A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

@A MyParkinsonsTeam Member, I love it!
Hugs,
Teresa

posted 4 days ago
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Medication after dbs

Medication after dbs

Had DBS two years ago in march this year and now the 21 tablets per day I needed and between two and ten 2mg Apo go injections per day now all of this is no longer required.
This is how successful DBS treatment can be more of us need to be able and willing to go down this route.
Also dbs is only treatment for essential tremors so can greatly help symptoms. Dbs treats a variety of pd symptoms very well. I have even given my dbs system a nick name my old man and you know what I love my old… read more

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A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I was reading where they are also using Ultra Sound to treat Essential Tremors. I do believe we are on the threshold of new developments.

posted 7 days ago
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End stage of Parkinson help

End stage of Parkinson help

My mum is in the end stage of Parkinsons. The doctors have now taken her off most of the medication she was on as they say that because she has had Parkinsons for almost 22 years the medications do not work as they should. I could do with talking to others that have had or know someone that has had Parkinsons for this length of time. I'm so worried at the moment as last week mum was put on another drug to help keep her calm its called Trazadone but it has made her even worse she has… read more

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A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

I have taken Trazadone to sleep for 8 years. I take 100 mg per pill. You might check how much your mother was given per pill. This is a rather mild drug… read more

posted 7 days ago
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Correlation between PD and working third shift?

Correlation between PD and working third shift?

My Dad worked third shift as a psych nurse for many years. Naturally his sleeping patters still tend to be reversed, and this further complicates his issues with insomnia. I wonder, how many PD suffers out there are or were at one time 3rd shift workers, and has anyone come across any research linking the two?

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A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

how interesting we are :) good people & strong

posted 8 days ago
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Does anyone here have Vascular Parkinson-ism? Its symptoms that are Parkinson LIKE but not really Parkinsons?

Does anyone here have Vascular Parkinson-ism? Its symptoms that are Parkinson LIKE but not really Parkinsons?

The final diagnosis for my Mom is vascular dementia and
Vascular ParkinsonISM, and periventricular leukomalacia. {think Cerebral Palsy in newborn babies}

The dr said that it is from a lifetime of heavy drinking, heavy smoking, and high cholesterol. You have to have all three for an MRI brain scan to look that way. NONE of which my mom had or did. I'm just wondering if anyone else has had these symptoms and… read more

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A MyParkinsonsTeam Member said:

It's getting so bad I'm not really sure if I want to go on

posted 11 days ago
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