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Everything posted by chuck172

  1. Trying Sinemet

    PatriotM, you say sinemet does a surprisingly good job on your tremors. How long did you have to take sinemet before you first saw results? I'm tremor dominant, and so far nothing is working.
  2. sinemet reactions

    My MDS says worsening of tremors are a rare reaction to sinemet. Do you find this to be the case? It might be my imagination, but I think my tremors also increased as my Dr. increased my sinemet dosage.
  3. new to sinemet

    Just got off the phone with the dr. she wants me to double the dosage of sinemet. She said it's very rare for the med to increase symptoms. If I have problems, call her back.
  4. new to sinemet

    Just started 25/100 3x daily carbidopa-levodopa feb1. I have tremor dominant pd. Neurontin, mirapex, and artane seemed to be ineffective. My tremors have got to be worse since starting the new med. Much worse. As a matter of fact my lips are starting. Starting to panic here. Is it common for symptoms to get worse before they get better? Should I contact my mds my next appointment isn't for 3 weeks.
  5. new to sinemet

    I didn't know that was possible.
  6. alcohol and tremors

    I have been diagnosed with parkinsonism . My primary symptom is tremors. They started aprox. 18months ago. So far I've taken neurontin, mirapex, and right now Artane. Nothing is working. I mean nothing is even touching the tremors. This is what seems to be working. A six pack of beer!. Once I have about 6 beers the tremors stop, I'm relaxed. I thought alcohol doesn't effect parkinson tremors, just essential tremors. Has anyone else experienced this?
  7. artane

    My neuro has me taking artane for the past month. I have tremor dominant parkinsonism. I felt it wasn't doing anything for the tremors. Called my dr, and he said stop taking the med. No weening off, just cold turkey. If the tremors get worse the artane works. Well, after about 36 hours I thought I'd have to go to the hospital, tremors and general shaking were horrible. Called the dr and he put me back on the artane. He feels that this was a test for the drug and now it's a matter of adjustment. He insists that weening off artane is not necessary. Is this correct?
  8. artane

    Thank you for your reply. I'm now finally seeing a MDS. This doc. has me weaning off artane and will start me on sinemet in a few weeks. I'm down to 1 mg. twice a day of artane. I can really feel the tremors worsening inbetween doses. I guess the artane was working to some extent.
  9. Tremors only -- could it be YOPD?

    can a history of xanax and/or ambien cause resting tremors?
  10. alcohol and tremors

    I've tried MMJ, no effect on tremors. Not into it at all. Beer does work though. Takes a 6pack or so.
  11. What warrants the diagnosis of Parkinsonism over Parkinson's disease?
  12. parkinsonism vs. the disease

    My neuro emphatically insists that I do not have parkinson's disease. He says I have Parkinsonism. My main symptom is resting tremors in both hands. This started 16 months ago. I've just this past week began mirapex. No effect on the tremors yet.
  13. dopamine antagonist

    I'd like to know if ambien and xanax are considered dopamine blocking drugs. Can they be responsible for drug induced parkinism?
  14. med start

    I'm to see my neuro for the 2nd time this week. I think he will prescribe meds for parkinsonism. My main symptom are hand tremors. Reading posts here I've learned that it might be wise to put off meds. for a while. I'm 65. How well do meds work for tremors?
  15. Vascular parkinsonism

    Today was my 2nd visit to a neurologist. Tremors have been my main symptom. He tested me and feels I do not have parkinson's disease. The dr.said he believes my problems stem from a series of mini strokes that effected the basal ganglia area of the brain.He prescribed a sleep apnea test. I'd like to know is this diagnosis would be accurate? Is this common? Will these tremors progress? Can they be reversable? He didn't want to put me on any medication yet.
  16. parkinsonism vs. the disease

    There is a strong link of welding and pd. Something to do with manganese I think.
  17. parkinsonism vs. the disease

    So do you feel it's drug induced parkinsonism, Isn't parkinsonism caused by something? As opposed to be stricken by a disease. t
  18. parkinsonism vs. the disease

    I was a pipewelder for 27 years prior to retirement in 2002. Could my neurologist group my symptoms and make that diagnosis on that fact alone? Again I retired 15 years ago, is it possible the symptoms of parkinisims are just now appearing?
  19. parkinsonism vs. the disease

    "Idiopathic" that really adds to the confusion.
  20. parkinsonism vs. the disease

    It's still very confusing to me. My neuro was very clear when he said "You have parkinsonism, not parkinson's disease:" My next appt. is next week. I think he's going to put me on meds, and reading all about them I wonder if I should hold off for a while.
  21. New to Parkinson's

    Hunter Dan, I was a union Steamfitter too, If I had developed PD while I was active my co-workers would have smelt blood and nicknamed me "shakes" or something. Pipefitters would have made great pirates.
  22. parkinsonism

    I just saw a neuro and was told I have parkinsonism, not parkinson's disease. My main complaint right now are hand tremors. What is parkinsonism compared to the disease? Is it as progressive? Does it have a better overall prognosis than the disease?
  23. parkinsonism

    I just was told by my neuro that I have parkinsonism, not parkinson's disease. I'm confused, what is the difference? Is parkinsonism as progressive as the disease? Which is the prefered? The Dr. told me the sickness was probably due to years of welding.