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  1. DaveN

    PD and immune system response

    Drummergirl, I feel for you. My Oncologist was stumped when all of my advanced labs came back. That was five years ago. According to him, I should be wearing a mask at all times and avoid contact with anyone that is ill. I have limited contact with people most of the time. I still get sick but no more than the average bear. I did have a scare a couple of years ago when I forgot to take the preventative antibiotic prior to having my teeth cleaned. I ended up with a nasty infection around my spinal cord stimulator battery that took about a month to eradicate. My secret to healthy living is that I eat 3 to 4 oranges every day. Stump, I don't recollect how much the labs cost. I'll make an effort to check my records to see if I can find out. I've been hitting my deductible in January because of the high cost of Rytary and Azilect (generic is still expensive). Dave Note: I started taking Sinemet about 3+ years ago and switched to Rytary after it was approved by the FDA.
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    PD and immune system response

    I have agammaglobulinanemia (extremely low IgC and IgG levels) that was discovered when I first went to a doctor about some of my PD symptoms, This condition actually clouded my Parkinson’s diagnosis in the beginning. My then neurologist referred me to an oncologist because they thought I had cancer. After a plethora of tests to include a bone marrow extraction, I was given a thumbs up by my oncologist who is still baffled to this day because I don’t get sick even though I have no immune system. I get tested every 6 months and still my numbers do not change. My doctor said to not change anything I’m doing because it seems to be working for me. Drummergirl, it’s possible that PD is causing our low numbers. It would be interesting if some other people got their levels checked, on and off Carbidopa. Dave
  3. Marissa, You need to slow down a little and take a breath. There are other medical conditions why someone's arm doesn't swing besides Parkinson's such as shoulder pathology, Erb’s palsy, or stroke. Another condition could be Gunslinger's Gait. A gunslinger keeps their hand close to the gun effectively changing their gait. This can also occur in women who carry a purse and keep their arm close. Essential Tremor is associated with an action tremor. One of your medications could also be causing some of your symptoms. You need to make an appointment with a Neurologist who is a Movement Disorder Specialist to help sort this out. You may want to start with your current Neurologist to see what he thinks, then go from there. Dave
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    Back fusion and dealing with my pd.

    Use the walker. Last thing yo want to do is muck up your fusion. A life of pain ☹️ sucks. Dave
  5. Linda, I’m a Type II Diabetic and have Parkinson’s. I’ve not researched it much. I started C/L about 4 years ago and noticed no change in my glucose levels with my A1C hangin out around 6.8. Last year, I switched to Rytary and have since noticed that my A1C is now at its lowest in years at 6.2. PD could be effecting your glucose levels. If you provide some more detail, we might be able to respond in kind. Dave
  6. This is highly subjective. UPDRS total score: 32 (out of 199 possible points) Mentation, Behaviour & Mood: 3 (out of 16 possible points) ADL: 9 (out of 52 possible points) Motor examination: 14 (out of 108 possible points) Complications: 6 (out of 23 possible points) Dave
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    Shot in the dark

    Chris, Parkinson's normally develops on one side of the body, usually in a hand and slowly will encompass that side over several years. Eventually, it will progress to the other side. I was diagnosed with PD 4 years ago with my first symptoms appearing about 6 years ago. To this day, my PD is on my right side only. Parkinson's develops slowly over an extended period of time. You should make an appointment with an MDS but I would be surprised if you were diagnosed with PD. My suggestion would be to start an exercise program and secure a job. This will aid in alleviating some of the stress you may be feeling and who knows it may improve your symptoms. Dave
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    Shot in the dark

    Chris, Out of curiosity, are your tremors on both your left and right side? Dave
  9. Andy, I’m a couple years older than you but was dealing with the same issues. I participated in a study a couple of years ago to determine if Azilect could aid in cognitive decline. I’ve been on it a couple of years now and it does help. I’ve also found that the more physically active I am, the more mentally sharp I am. I thought I was in the twighlight of my career only to find that I have more to give. I’ve written some of the most complex systems in my career over the last couple of years. My employer does not know I have PD. Dave
  10. DaveN

    Pain in hip

    Lori, You should make an appointment with an Orthopedic Doctor to make sure that it’s not something else. Not all problems are PD. Dave
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    The period at the end of the sentence.

    Genden, Please accept my condolences. Out of curiosity, how old was your husband? Dave
  12. DaveN

    Young onset PD testing

    David, While I whole heartedly agree that members should preface our remarks as our own and not as medical fact. We should refrain from saying whether someone does or does not have PD. Warrun01 holds very strong beliefs and means well. A lot of folks come on here looking for answers and we all try to be supportive as best as we can. Dave
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    I get the hiccups much more often than I used to. My wife learned of way to instantly make them go away from a science teacher. Eat a spoonful of sugar and you will find them gone immediately. This works every time for me. My neighbour had the hiccups for two weeks, his doctor prescribed all sorts of stuff to make them go away - one spoonful of sugar made his troubles go away. Mary Poppins gets it right every time :). Dave
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    Does this look like a PD Tremor?

    Matt, Several things. First, your tremor seems a little fast. I'm not a doctor and I can only compare to what I have and what I've seen in my doctor's office. Second, when my tremor occurs, I don't have to move my thumb to set it off. My tremor will occur when I'm resting. Movement can suspend the tremor for a few seconds dependent upon the intensity. Moving my thumb like in your video might be enough to stop my minor tremors. I don't see your curiosity as arguing, I understand. I am not tremor dominant. My tremor is more of a nuisance than anything. I will say it is more prevalent now than when I was diagnosed four years ago. My meds do a very nice job of masking my symptoms. Hope this helps some. Dave
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    I think I have parkinsons

    Branden, This does not sound like Parkinson’s. PD develops over a long time and usually starts on one side. I’ve never heard of it going into remission then coming back. I hope your doctors figure out what’s wrong with you. Don’t try to self diagnose yourself, you’re only going to see PD in every symptom you have. Dave