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sparky1109 posted:
I was diagnosed with PD eight years ago. Recently I have been experiencing my head turning tightly to my strong side as I sleep resulting in a painful cramp on my weak (left) side when I wake. Is there any remedy for this?
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Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Hi, Sparky1109
It sounds like you are having some wearing off from levodopa during the night. There are several options to discuss with your doctor. You may wish to take and additional half tablet during the night, if you wake up during the night. Also, trying a dopamine agonist (pramipexole or ropinirole) at bedime may help - especially if you can try the long acting form. Another potential solution is baclofen 10-20 mg at bedtime. This should give you and your doctor some things to talk about, and remember, your doctor knows you better than the person typing this message. Good luck


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