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afroney

Grip Strength

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Is there any association between erratic grip strength and Parkinson's?

 

I am in the middle of neuropsychological testing. My Dr pulled checked grip strength on both hands three times each. The results were erratic, ranging from 40 kg to nearly 70 kg. (I'm a 28 year old male diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's). The Dr had a concerned look on his face, wrote something down, but would not tell me his thoughts. Strange thing was that my last run was my strongest.

 

One of my most noticeable symptoms is the constant dropping of objects ( bowels, glasses, tools,etc). I guess the two are connected. And either using too much or too little force to manuplate an object. (Slamming my car door to the point the handle breaks, vs barely gettng it closed.). Makes sense to me now.

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There can in fact be variability in grip strength with Parkinson's disease and it may be due to slowness, stiffness, or other issues including medications.

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This is interesting. Sometimes I can open my medicine bottles and sometimes not. I frequently drop things also and misjudge the force needed to open and close things.

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These are symptoms that we sometimes hear about in Parkinson's disease patients.

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