What does a neurologist do

The neurologist will want to know why you came, your medical history, your family history (especially a history of PD or tremor), and what, if anything, in your social and work history may have contributed to your symptoms. Bring a summary of your medical history, including serious and chronic illness, hospitalizations, surgeries, allergies, medications taken, family and personal background, occupational risks, and lifestyle risks. If what you have to talk about is difficult to discuss,...

Is Agent Orange or the Gulf War Syndrome a cause ofPD

Some studies show that people who work or live in rural, agricultural areas are more likely to develop PD than people who live in urban areas. Rural people are more likely to work with herbicides or pesticides. A few pesticides, such as one called rotenone, can cause PD in mice. At present it is not known if this is so in humans. Agent Orange is the name of a herbicide developed for the military, primarily for use in Vietnam. The purpose of Agent Orange was to deny the enemy cover and...

Should I take a drug holiday

If you're thinking vacation, don't think drug holiday it's not a vacation. Before dopamine agonists were available as alternatives to L-dopa, and before Clozaril, Geodon, and Seroquel, were used to treat the psychiatric complications of L-dopa, drug holidays temporary withdrawal of L-dopa to counteract side effects such as dyskinesia and psychosis were the rage. The holiday purged or cleaned the brain of excess L-dopa, but unfortunately it nearly did in the patient, as well. The holiday was...

What are the side effects of Sinemet

Some of the side effects are not entirely side effects of Sinemet. Some (wearing off or on-off) result from progression of PD and the short duration of action of Sinemet some (dystonia, freezing) can be symptoms of PD (unrelated to drugs) or a side effect of Sinemet some (dyskinesia) are side effects of Sinemet and some (psychosis) are the effects of Sinemet and dopamine agonists temporarily unmasking an underlying dementia. Wearing off. After an optimal peak effect from Sinemet is attained the...

Ive been told that because I had a melanoma I cant take Sinemet Is this true

Shortly after levodopa's release, the author of this book, Dr. Abraham Lieberman, saw a person with PD who developed a recurrence of his melanoma after 4 months of treatment with levodopa. Melanoma is a pigmented cancer of the skin. If not recognized and treated, it can metastasize (spread) almost everywhere in the body, which can be fatal. However, even if a melanoma is recognized and removed, years later it can reappear. Melanoma contains an enzyme, tyrosine oxidase, that can use levodopa as...

Is hormone replacement therapy HRT good for PD

Estrogen replacement can relieve hot flashes, which in some people can be debilitating. This is of concern to women with PD, whose risk for osteoporosis is increased. Also, although studies are not conclusive, there is evidence that estrogen may protect against PD. Evidence for this is small but tantalizing. More men than women have PD 55 men for every 45 women. Estrogen may modulate dopamine receptors. Some premenopausal women report that their PD drugs are ineffective during ovulation (the...

Who is Abraham Lieberman

If you have Parkinson Disease, you may ask who I am, and why have the authority to write about the disease. I've studied PD for 30 years, and I'm currently the national medical director of The Parkinson Foundation, the largest charitable organization devoted to finding a cure for PD. The Parkinson Foundation TPF was formed in 2003 from the National Parkinson Foundation NPF headquartered in Miami and the Parkinson Disease Foundation PDF headquartered in New York. I am the Harold S. Diamond...

Have oily skin Is this PD

In some people, patches of oily, greasy, scaly, inflamed, reddened, and itchy skin develop in response to excess sebum production. Your scalp, the sides of your nose, your eyebrows, your eyelids, the skin behind your ears and the middle of your chest are the most common sites. These areas have the highest concentration of sebaceous glands. Associated with the dermatitis, dandruff may appear as scaling on your scalp without redness. Seborrheic dermatitis is common in infants, where it is called...