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Parkinson's symptoms and AD?
quote:Originally posted by jfkoc:My H may have Parkinson's ( 4 neuro's do not concur). One has suggested trying N-Acetyl-Cysteine, 500mg 1X. The brand recommended was Ortho Molecular Products.When you googled youprobably read that depression and cognitive/memory functions are symptoms. Just makes it all the more confusing.
quote:Originally posted by So Sad:Elizabeth, I have to say most of these symptoms were noticable to me before these medications, and I have asked the neurologist about the dangers of Abilify to dementia patients. The Neurologist prescribed a low dose of Wellbutrin for depression, and the Abilify was because he was having terrible paranoia, accusing me of all kinds of crazy stuff and threatening to kill me, he would go into rages. You mentioned taking him to another doctor, I am curious will they have to start over with all the tests (MRI, CAT, EEG and so forth) or are they able to get the results from this doctor transferred? I am concerned, because my insurance sent me a letter turning down the PET scan this Neuro ordered so I am afraid they aren't going to cover much more. We live in a small town and it is a 2 hour drive each way to the Neurologist now, I had talked to our regular MD about flying DH to a Metro dr and after he talked to our Neurologist he said he did not recommend it, he felt I would be wasting my money and time. I do have to say our regular MD's father has AD, so he does have personal experience and he seems genuinely ineterested in DH. I will be sure to keep posting any new info I get. Thanks
quote:Originally posted by So Sad:Mimi, By what I have read, Parkinsons is hard to diagnose like Alzheimers, no bloodwork type test, just a decision the physician has to make. The Neurologist, felt that the trembling, poor balance, soft speech, ect... that I brought to his attention are just an affect of the AD. I looked online to see if there are any bad side effects for Levodopa if an AD patient takes it, and I couldn't really find any, so I was kind of hoping the Neuro would just try it to see if it would help. I guess I am just grasping for straws. It is aggravating though, because the Doctors don't watch them try to function, they just see them sitting there on the exam table. I wish the Neuro could go to dinner with us or see DH try to get dressed in the morning.
quote:Originally posted by jfkoc:Good news. Which one are you headed to?