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#1 Twitch

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 08:32 AM

I am a 51 yr old male that was told by my neurologist on Dec 10 2013 that I have PD. I have many PD symptoms so I wasn't shocked by the news but I am a bit scared of what my future will be. I have a MRI of my brain scheduled on dec 13 to rule out any other possibilities. My question is should I get a second opinion form a neurologist.

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#2 Dr. Okun

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 09:32 AM

We never discourage second opinions, however if you have a great specialist and he/she is prepared to begin treating you, you may want to wait until you see the response.  We are very hopeful that there is a path to hope and happiness with Parkinson's disease, and this is one of the themes of the new book, 10 Secrets,


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Posted 12 December 2013 - 11:50 AM

Thank you,

I have been subscribed Ropinirole. Starting with 4mg increasing to 12mg at my third week. Do you have any comments on this prescription? If I respond to this medication especially the resting tremor in my right hand does it confirm my diagnosis.
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#4 GM from TN

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 02:56 PM

I am the wife of a recently diagnosed PD patient.  We live in rural TN and have been researching PD on the Internet.   We were watching a video about the UF Movement Disorder Center, and my husband said, “if we lived closer I would like to go there”.  I told him we might be able to make that happen even though we don't live that close.  I would consider it more than a second opinion, but a thorough evaluation, which in our opinion is key to going forward with this disease.  Is that possible, and how can I begin to arrange that?  He has recently read the book “10 secrets” and raves about the amount of information in it.



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Posted 13 December 2013 - 07:24 AM

You are welcome to visit our center anytime.  Melissa Himes can set up appointments to the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration for a Parkinson's evaluation with one of 8 highly trained specialists and also our interdisciplinary team.  HIMEMJ@shands.ufl.edu  Also you could call the 1800 NPF helpline to find a center of excellence closer to you.  Thanks for the great comments about the book, Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life and glad it helped!


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Posted 13 December 2013 - 07:25 AM

Response to dopamine agonists is definitely one supporting piece of evidence that you may have Parkinson's disease.  Following the patient over many visits and also pairing with examinations and identification of the typical course over time is also helpful to make the diagnosis.


Michael S. Okun, M.D.
Author of the Amazon Bestseller Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life
National Medical Director | NPF
UF Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration
Read More about Dr. Okun at: http://movementdisor...hael-s-okun-md/
or Visit Parkinson's Disease treatment and research blogs at:
NPF's What's Hot in Parkinson's disease
or his parkinsonsecrets.com blog for treatment tips




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