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xxxyyyzzz posted:
what can be done about RIGIDITY in parkinsons?
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Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Dear xxxyyyzzz,,,
Rigidity is one of the cardinal characteristic (or main features) of PD. It is the sign we use to assess whether we should increase medication. Using that logic, I treat symptoms of rigidity with medications. However, this symptom does seem to improve with stretching and balance exercises, and many patients report benefit from Tai Chi classes. You may wish to try this or another exercise program - as a New Year's resolution!
 
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xxxyyyzzz replied to Mark A Stacy, MD's response:
Dear Dr Mark
Thank u so very much for yr reply. This one was for my mother and i will now persade her for exercises.
my mother is 66, slightly overweight
Having no other disease
At times takes mild tablet for high blood preassure
Having PD for 3 yrs
Taking medicines SINEMET & PRAMIPEX(a dopamine agonist)
Has stiff neck n back, difficulty in getting up from chair

SHOULD SHE CONTINUE WITH HER MEDICINES , OR SHOULD OTHER MEDICINES LIKE MAO INHIBITORS / COMT INHIBITORS /ANTICHOLINERGICS BE INCORPORATED ??

I am confused, not able to take a decission. Her doctor(a psychiatrist) is sticking with Sinemet. A movement disorder spl is very far.
Would MAOI's make her life more comfortable...considering they might have side effects?? What if she continues with Sinemet ?
Please, please advise.

Regards
Manisha
(India)


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