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#1 avandyke



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Posted 30 January 2013 - 05:36 PM

Has anyone had this combination, my husband was diagnosed with PD in Sept of 2012 and his symptoms have progressed rapidly. The Parkinson's seems to have affected the same side of his body on which he has paralysis from the stroke, which occurred 16 years ago. We are so confused about what is happening I was hoping to find someone who may be going through or has gone through a similar experience?

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

Sorry to hear of your problems. Never heard of a stroke - PD correlation but that doesn't mean there can never be one. Your's sound like a good question for the 'Ask The Doctor Forum' at NPF. That said PD can intereact with existing conditions as I'm being reminded daily and painfully currently with a neuropathy (pain) in my right ankle that I broke in my youth. Arthritis has set in and my discomfort ebbs and flows with Sinemet. (L-dopa). I hope you and your husband can be helped by someone more knowledgable than me. Best of luck to you both.


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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:33 PM

Hi avandyke,

My PD became visible in 1976, in the form of a tremor in my left hand. Only minor at first, but progressing through the years nonetheless. In 1984 I had to undergo open heart surgery to repair my damaged heart. At some point, either during the surgery or shortly afterwards, I suffered a major stroke that completely destroyed the entire right occipital lobe of my brain. The docs never knew until I was weaned off of the respirator three days later. During those three hard days, I knew something was wrong because people would be talking to me, yet I couldn't see them, unless they were firectly in front of me or on my right side. Also, something else very strange, at least to me, there was a huge clock on the wall next to my bed. I saw all of the numbers in the incorrect positions! After I was able to speak coherently, I was finally able to tell my doc that something was terribly wrong. This was day 4 post-op. I told him, rather indignantly, that I would report him if he didn't find out what was wrong with my eyes. It took a threat to get them to find out that I had a stroke! Even though it was a massive stroke, I "lucked out", it only affected my left periferal vision!

In 2001 came my "official" diagnosis of PD. At the time, shocking news, yet finally a relief to know what was wrong with me during the preceeding years, 25 years of suffering!

Fast forward to June, 2005. While on vacation I suffered my second stroke. This one paralyzed my entire right side. Couldn't talk right, couldn't walk! Being known as a fighter who refuses to give in or give up, and an exceptional physical therapy team, I walked out of the hospital under my own power three weeks later!

another fast forward, to Aug 13, 2012. That morning I awoke feeling like something was about to happen. As I laid there I could feel my right arm growing numb. Then, my right leg. I knew the signs, I was having another stroke! My wife immediately called 911, and off I went, unable to speak hardly at all, and totally unable to walk. I was in NICU for seven days, then transferred to the hospitals rehab facility. After thiry five grueling days of physical and speech therapy, I was finally discharged to home, with another 6 weeks of home nursing and physical and speech rehab. I actually thoght I was going to be in rehab the rest of my life! My home PT asked me, on her first visit, to set two goals. The first one was to get rid of the wheelchair that accompanied me home from the rehab. The 2nd goal was a little tougher .... to get rid of the walker! In two weeks I sent the wheelchair back! 4 weeks later, I was able to get around my apartment qithout a walker! In the meantime though, I still purchased a rollator. A walker with 4 wheels and a seat. For the next month I used the rollator or regular walker when my wife would take me out. Our destinations determined which "aide" to bring, depending on an approximation of how much walking I would be doing.

For the past month I am able to get "out and about" without either device! There have been times when I got a little "wobbly legged" on my right side, but I would push myself through it! My theory is that the thirty-six years of learning to compensate for the changes I had to go through because of my PD actually played a huge part in my recovery from three strokes!

My hopes and prayers are with you both!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:07 PM

Jim, you are one resilient and inspiring man!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:44 PM

Hi, Avandyke, welcome to our forum.
Was your husband diagnosed with idiopathic PD by a movement disorder specialist(MDS)? Did he have a brain MRI or a Datscan? One or more small strokes may produce Parkinson's-like symptoms (vascular parkinsonism). Only an experienced MDS can make this difficult differential diagnosis. Don't hesitate to ask for a second opinion, if you have any doubts about your husband's management/treatment!
Don't be alarmed about progression of symtoms, progression may be faster in the initial stages of PD, and/or your husband may be simply undertreated.
good luck and try keep positive !

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:59 PM


You sound like my husband a man who refuses to let his limitations stop him. I guess what I'm wondering can you tell if physical changes are due to residual stroke or PD.

Dick uses a cane right now but is more comfortable hanging on to me especially in crowds but I want him to feel more independent and since he can't manipulate a walker without two hands I have been encouraging him to look at a power scooter. We are both concerned because of his history of falling and more of these are occurring at home. We are both concentrating on the things he can do which are still most of his daily activities it just takes him longer which is very frustrating for him. I am trying to encourage him to go out with me more but he seems to be uncomfortable manipulating in restaurants and getting to bathrooms and I'm hoping the power scooter will give him a little more confidence.

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 02:23 AM

Dick was diagnosed after an MRI and a CATScan then a lumbar puncture was performed which was inconclusive for a brain shunt. We have an appt for a second opinion with a doctor who deals with cognitive disorders, I will look into finding an MDS in our area. Thank you all for your information. Will keep my eye on the forum.


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