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When you have Parkinson's disease, part of your brain cannot make enough dopamine, a chemical that helps control movement. It gets worse over time. But usually this happens slowly, over years. The disease can cause tremors, stiffness, and other problems with movement. It can also cause problems with thinking.
There are many things that can cause symptoms of Parkinson's disease. They include some medicines, some toxins, and trauma to the head as well as genetic factors. In most cases, the cause isn't known. There are many treatments that can help your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Taking your medicines correctly and getting regular exercise may help with symptoms. You may not need medicine if your symptoms are mild.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: August 25, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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