16th July 2010 - New research

THE most troubling SYMPTOMS IN parkinson's diseasE

Movement Disorders [2010] May 14 [Epub ahead of print] (Politis M, Wu K, Molloy S, G Bain P, Chaudhuri KR, Piccini P.) Complete abstract

People with Parkinson's Disease typically experience a range of symptoms over time, each of which will affect a particular individual to varying degrees. However, patients' perceptions of troublesome symptoms often differ from the clinician's view, and these discrepancies can hamper effective management of Parkinson's Disease. In this study, people with Parkinson's Disease were asked to rank their three most troublesome symptoms. Patients were divided into early Parkinson's Disease (less than 6 years) and late Parkinson's Disease (longer than 6 years). In early Parkinson's Disease, the five most prevalent complaints ranked in descending order were : slowness, tremor, stiffness, pain, and then loss of smell or taste. In advanced Parkinson's Disease the five most prevalent complaints ranked in descending order were :  fluctuating response to medication (most commonly wearing  off followed by dyskinesia), mood changes, drooling, sleep problems (most commonly middle and late night insomnia followed by daytime sleepiness), and then tremor. The findings show that as Parkinson's Disease progresses the most troublesome issues change considerably. For more current news go to Parkinson's Disease News.


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