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Seasonal aspects of PD
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sparky1109 posted:
In the last four years or so I have noticed that my symtpoms are at their worse at the summer and winter solstice and improve in the fall and spring. My neurologist does not pay much attention to this observation, is there any formal reseasrch to support this.
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Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Hi, Sparky1109
I am glad it this first day of summer! I do not have a good explanation for the worsening of your symptoms in winter - other than inclement weather causing a time of decreased opportunity for mobility. However, the spring warm up, may lead to increased activity, increased fluid loss, and low blood pressure. Please check your pressure sitting and standing and see if it drops more than 20 points or if the standing blood pressure is below 100 (top number). If so, you may need to see your doctor about reducing blood pressure medications or increasing fluid intake.


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