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Suddenly starts shaking
Pat R
Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:22 AM
Joined: 3/6/2017
Posts: 55

Mom has started to suddenly get recurring shaking in her legs or arms.  It goes away as quickly as it comes.  She is in a nursing home and I visit every day.  When it happens when I am there, I have her breathe deeply to calm down and it subsides.  The nurses remove her support stockings when her legs begin to shake and this seems to help.  My question is, has anyone else had this happen to their LO and is this just another part of this journey?
Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 2:33 PM
Joined: 4/1/2014
Posts: 4253

As you know, the journey is different for each PWD because of the different parts of the brain that is affected by the disease process. The shaking could be caused by so many different things. The brains disease, but also low blood sugar, low potassium to the muscles, fatigue, referred pain, on and on. Ask your mother's doctor to do blood work if she is not on hospice. Good luck!

Pat R
Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:38 AM
Joined: 3/6/2017
Posts: 55

Thanks, I had her blood tested and thank God, all levels were normal.  Will seek further advice today to see if more testing is needed.  We live in a very small town and medical needs aren't always addressed by the doctors.  Very frustrating.
Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:53 AM
Joined: 8/31/2017
Posts: 5

My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's because of her shaking and stiffness of leg movement


Posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017 8:44 PM
Joined: 5/30/2014
Posts: 541

My sister had the sudden onset shaking & it would come & go (she also had Down Syndrome, though).  It got to bothering her so much, they put her on Sinemet (for Parkinson's).  Our dad had died from Parkinson's & they thought perhaps she was exhibiting symptoms of it.  The Sinemet pretty much stopped the shaking with her.  You need a neurologist to diagnose Parkinson's.  I did learn you don't have to have Parkinson's Disease, though, in order to try Sinemet for the shaking.  Just a thought.
Pioneer woman
Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 4:51 PM
Joined: 12/28/2015
Posts: 24

My mother started tremor-type actions in her arms and hands. Right after waking up and other times. It lasted about 2 months. It has disappeared at this time. Her geriatric specialist told us that there are many possible causes but in our case, it was probably anxiety. When stress was lessened and less strangers in the house, the shaking went away.


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