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Breathing Problems
monroe63 posted:
I am a 63 year old woman . I've had parkinsons disease for about 6 years now. I'm starting to get a feeling of having fluid in my chest, and very short of breath every morning. I went to a lung specialist and he ordered a cat scan and an overnight braething test. Both tests came back normal. I also had an echo test done on my heart. It was normal. I have alot of pain in the upper diaphram of my chest sometimes. Could this be caused by the parkinsons' disease? Thanks, Millie
Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Hi, Millie
Thank you for your note. Given that the Heart and Lung tests are normal (that's good!), I think it is very likely that this is related to PD. Because it occurs in the morning, I think it may be from low levels of medication in your system, after a night's sleep. If the symptoms ease within 30 - 60 minutes after taking your first dose of carbidopa/levodopa (Sinemet), I am almost sure of this.

You may want to talk with your doctor about how to rearrange your levodopa dosing schedule or adding additional medications to avoid this symptom - called wearing off. Other symptoms of wearing off are listed in a questionnaire called the WOQ-19.