Parkinson's disease can cause tremors, stiffness, and problems with movement. Severe or advanced cases can also cause problems with thinking. In Parkinson's disease, part of the brain cannot make enough dopamine, a chemical that helps control movement. Taking your medicines correctly and getting regular exercise may help you maintain your quality of life.
There are many things that can cause Parkinson's disease symptoms, including some medicine, some toxins, and trauma to the head. The cause in most cases is not known.
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 call line 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 call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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