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An_246420 posted:
My 84 year old mother has been on Carbid-lepo for over a year. The shaking is still very present but her walk had improved. Lately she has gotten much worse very fast. She now spends most of her days in bed, complains of leg pain and her memory is horrible. Someone said it might be a UTI and that Parkinson patients are at risk for this and dehydration. Should I insist on tests for this or am I just not accepting what is to come?
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Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Dear An_246420
Thank you for your note. Parkinson's disease is a slowly progressing condition. Anytime one of my patients has a sudden worsening I look for another illness. Most often this is a UTI, dehydration, pneumonia, some other infection or some type of metabolic problem (low or high electrolytes, thyroid condition or abnormal glucose are a few). If these are negative I consider depression.

INSIST !

and good luck
 
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PegCrawford replied to Mark A Stacy, MD's response:
Thank you. We did do and urinalysis and it came back clean but are now checking blood for rest.


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