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#1 Gislene

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 06:11 PM

My father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease for 1 year (I believe that the diagnosis was made late). One of the symptoms he presents: suddenly his eyes are closed and he can't open them with ease. Are you know what can that be? Is it one symptom of Parkinson's disease? If yes, is treatable? His doctor doesn't know what is that.

Thanks for the help!

#2 Dr. Okun

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 08:16 PM

Suspect it could be blepharospasm and may be treatable with botulinum toxin injections.
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#3 miracleseeker

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 10:57 PM

That's my mom about 20 hours a day. I'm terrifed of what ill effects will come from botox.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 01:12 PM

I thought blepharospasm is excessive blinking in a spasm form which is why botox may help because it will freeze the nerves. My mom's condition is like Gislene. The eyes close but they are not asleep. I always thought it's the PD meds winding down and the nerves in the eyes are shutting down.

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Posted 26 March 2013 - 06:48 PM

Sometimes in the evening I will close my eyes and have trouble reopening them. I figured it was just another joy of the ailment. So far it barely registers on the annoying level so I will pass on seeking out a remedy.

#6 Dr. Okun

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Posted 27 March 2013 - 10:39 AM

Botox is safe, but you are correct that a doc in person with experience in this area will need to decide if it is blepharospasm, tiredness, or something else (another neuromuscular disease for example).
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#7 Gislene

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 07:40 AM

Thank you so much, Dr. Okun!

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:50 PM

Good luck.
Michael S. Okun, M.D.
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