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Do I or don't I have PD?
knotahog posted:
I am male 72 and the Drs. aren't sure if its PD or Parkinsonism. I am being treated for PD with meds. The meds don't seem to make any difference, still light headed and my walk gait is like being drunk . I am taking physical therapy but to soon to make a difference. I also have pressure headaches. I don't have tremors but do feel jumpy like . This started about 2 years ago , I had two prostate operations and after them I started feeling some of the balance problems and walk problems I now experience. Does this sound like anything you have heard of or experienced.
susiemargaret responded:
hello, K --

my understanding is that if you don't respond to meds specifically for parkinson's disease, the likelihood is that you have some other form of parkinsonism instead. some meds can cause parkinsonism-like symptoms as well; are you taking any meds for your prostate condition?

this response will put your post back at the top of the list, and i hope dr. stacy will see it, because i am not a medical person.

-- susie margaret
what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.
Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
Dear jnotahog,
I am unable to render a confident opinion with this information. However, it sounds like your blood pressure is low (Light headed and drunken gait). THis can be from PD medications as well as bladder/prostate medications or blood pressure medications.

One other thing: some medications for nausea can produce symptoms of parkinsonism. Were you given these after prostate surgeries?
knotahog replied to susiemargaret's response:
Thank you for your reply. I am only taking saw palmetto for my prostate problem, I lost confidence in my urologist .so I don't see him anymore. I feel like I keep getting a fraction more off balance. I am doing a physical therapy exercise class , slow progress, the meds.( carbidopa-levodopa ) don't seem to be doing anything. I know its hard to tell whats happening to someone by what they write but it helps saying it.
knotahog replied to Mark A Stacy, MD's response:
Thank you Doctor for answering my post . I understand you are unable to answer the vague problems. But my BP is usually around 120/70 without meds, I never had any nausea meds. after my prostate surgeries.
Mark A Stacy, MD replied to knotahog's response:
Dear knotahog,
I think you may want to talk with a neurologist about a diagnosis. There is now a scan available, DaTSCAN, that may help with confirmation.
Best of luck
knotahog replied to Mark A Stacy, MD's response:
Thank you for your reply, I will ask my neurologist about the scan. She hasn't confirmed I have Parkinsons yet but does have me on meds.

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