Have you spoken with your doctor about possible causes for this daytime sleepiness? Is it a possible or known side effect of any of the medications that you are taking? This older news story links some commonly used Parkinson's drugs to sleep attacks (episodes of uncontrollable sleepiness).View Thread
The best thing to do would be to have your wife examined by a medical professional (her doctor or maybe a gastro doctor if needed). We can't provide a diagnosis or medical advice in the communities, but I was able to find this article about gastroparesis -- symptoms include abdominal bloating and Parkinson's is a possible cause. It might be something worth looking into, or at least reading the article to see if any of the other symptoms listed line up with what your wife is experiencing. Please let us know how she is doing!View Thread
Hi onlychild69, This article says that an estimated 30%-60% of people with Parkinson's disease develop dementia. It goes on to explain what links are known among Parkinson's, Lewy Body Disease, and dementia (stressing that the relationship is not completely understood). I hope that the information is helpful!View Thread
Here is a little information on alternative treatments for Parkinson's (the article outlines what may work and what does not) that may be worth discussing with your doctor. It also provides some questions to ask yourself before starting any kind of alternative therapy. Before you start any kind of alternative treatment, make sure that you doctor is aware and in agreement. I hope that you are able to find some relief from the shaking!View Thread
I am so sorry that you are going through this and that you feel like you don't have a strong support system to lean on. Have you had an open and honest conversation with your husband about what you are feeling? Getting everything out on the table in a constructive way and discussing how you both are feeling may help you work toward creating an environment where you both feel secure and may offer you the support that you need.
Have you discussed your thoughts about Parkinson's with your doctors? You bringing it to the forefront might be what is needed for a serious discussion to take place and for your doctor to explain his/her reasoning behind your diagnosis. Here are some of the symptoms of Parkinson's along with those of bipolar disorder that you might compare to your own symptoms. I do really think that an open and honest discussion with your doctors about your feelings and thoughts is what will move forward in getting the treatment that you need. Please let us know how you are doing!View Thread
"A small, early study hints that a skin test may someday be able to help diagnose people with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
Researchers found that skin biopsies can reveal elevated levels of abnormal proteins associated with the two disorders.
Compared to healthy people and those with non-Alzheimer's dementia, the Alzheimer's and Parkinson's patients had seven times higher levels of a protein called tau. The researchers also found that Parkinson's patients had eight times higher levels of a protein called alpha-synuclein, compared with healthy people.
Read the story above for more information.
What do you think this will mean for the future of Parkinson's?View Thread
This article discusses chronic UTIs and treatments that are commonly used to treat UTIs as well as prevention techniques. I hope that your mom's urologist is able to identify the bacteria and she is back to feeling well soon! Please let us know how she is doing.View Thread