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When you have Parkinson's disease, part of your brain cannot make enough dopamine, a chemical that helps control movement. The disease can cause tremors, stiffness, and problems with movement. Severe or advanced cases can also cause problems with thinking. 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 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 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: April 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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