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Glenda Sasse

Fuctuating Symptoms

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My husband has been having fluctuating LBD symptoms.  They seem to come during stressful times in his life.  He has mostly good times.  He is an outgoing, busy man, always working in his shop, going for walks with the dogs, etc.   Sometimes he complains about having "heavy legs" where he can't seem to take another step.  He forces his way through them.  He's a 70 year old former Marine so he says he is too tough to have Parkinsons.  He won't tell me when he's having difficulty.   I do notice when he gets tired and standing he leans at odd angles against the counter.   He doesn't have tremors.  My question is, can Parkinson's have fluctuating symptoms too?  He doesn't always have heavy legs.

 

He does have minor symptoms like dandruff on his right eyebrow, oily skin, red flushing on face, diarrhea, runny nose.  I'm not even sure those are connected to PD, but I have read that they are.

 

My question is, can Parkinson's have fluctuating symptoms too?  He doesn't always have heavy legs.

 

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Yes, Parkinson's disease and LBD can both have fluctuating symptoms.  The symptoms you list above are all potential symptoms that can occur in both.

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My husband did go to his doctor for his regular check up for diabetes.  He was told at the above symptoms I mentioned could not be Parkinsons because 70 is too old to start getting the symptoms.  He didn't offer any other suggestions though.  Is 70 too old?

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