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Dystonia on (Otherwise) Asymptomatic Side?

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#1 ShakingTheChi



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Posted 18 May 2013 - 12:35 PM

I've been diagnosed with PD for about 2 years with the principal symptom being a moderate tremor in my right hand (and in my right leg from time to time). I take 1mg of Azilect per day. About 4 months ago I had a painful cramp in my left ankle and shin that last for about 5 minutes. That day I had taken a long walk after a week of limited exercise while on vacation. Last night I awoke from a sound sleep with a similar cramp in my left ankle/shin that last for less than a minute. That day I had undergone intensive physical therapy for a lingering case of tendonitis in the left foot/ankle. Does the fact that these cramps are not on the same side as my tremor make it less likely that the cramping is PD-related dystonia? What should my doctors and I be looking for to judge whether the cramping is a symptom which would signal that it's time to start a new medicine and stop attributing the cramps to high arches and resulting injuries? Thanks as always for your great insights!

#2 Dr. Okun

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 03:45 PM

These cramps are likely PD and you are very under-medicated for having PD for two years. You should consider an agonist or levodopa and work with your doc to optimize and avoid side effects (especially obsessions and compulsions).

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