“ I used to fear that taking medication would change my personality; now i fear that it won’t.” ~David Levy In the last month and a half I have been dealing with (upper respiratory) infection after infection which have really got me thinking about the causes. Plus the severe dysautonomia which I have experienced recently,
This is a topic that is long over due since many of you who have Parkinsonism and dystonia may actually carry this diagnosis. At one time, early on in my clinical presentation, I and my neurologist also entertained this diagnosis as the etiology of my symptoms. DRD – Dopa Responsive Dystonia also known as Segawa
Today, I want to discuss a movement disorder on the rise due to increase use of neuroleptics and new indications for dopamine antagonists have increased over the years thus increasing the number of patients at risk. Also because some of the initial symptoms of this condition are acute extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) like stiffness, slowness, and tremors;
What is a Tardive (late) Dyskinesia? This is a persistent, at times irreversible, abnormal involuntary movement disorder appearing after a prolonged (usually 1-2 years) or extensive intake of dopamine antagonist (blockers) such as old traditional neuroleptics. Prior to onset of atypical antipsychotics like Seroquel, there was a slew of elder patients in nursing homes and mental
There has been much speculation since actor Robin Williams died regarding the circumstances that led to his demise. Many wonder whether his neurological disease Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) diagnosed only after autopsy triggered his suicide. One will never know for certain what drove this brilliantly talented man to the edge of desperation putting an end
I have Dystonia! Now, what? : by Dr. De Leon.
First, dystonia which falls under the umbrella of the movement disorders diseases implies an abnormal contraction of the muscles that causes involuntary twisting resulting in abnormal postures. It can be painful. Some common known dystonia are writer’s cramp-a type of dystonia that occurs only while writing affecting the muscles of the hand and forearm. Dystonia
Help! I was given diagnosis of Parkinsonism -What Now?: By Dr. De Leon.
Okay, don’t panic you come to the right place! First of all, Parkinsonism simply means you have features of Parkinson’s disease (PD) but not the entire clinical picture based on the UK a brain criterion which includes 4 main symptoms: rest tremor; rigidity (stiffness); bradykenisia (slowness); and gait abnormality. Usually people labeled ‘parkinsonian’ have two or