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    rcg71 posted:
    My mother has PD and was diagnosed in 2007. The last year and a half she has really declined. The last 3-4 wks her eating has really decreased , she really does not have weight to lose now. She also is more slumped all the time , I believe that is called stouper(sp). When she was originally diagnosed her dr told her PD would not kill her something else would, but at this point I am wondering. Is the decrease appetite part of PD and the stouper? Also do you recommend any neuro's in east TN?
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    rcg71 responded:
    I also want to know is dementia a part of PD?
     
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    Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
    Dear rcg71,
    I am sorry your mother is not doing well. While dementia can occur in people with PD, it is usually not this sudden. I would suggest she sees her physician to evaluate for dehydration, UTI, or other infection. If her cbc and metabolic blood work are OK, then I would talk to her neurologist about medication adjustment, adding a medicine for memory or for depression.

    I am not in the habit of rec doctors for PD, but it is reasonable to ask your neurologist for a referral for a second opinion, or go to the APDA or NPF websites to see if there is a PD center nearby.


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