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Are hand tremors a sign of Parkinson's disease?

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Posted on Tue, 26 May 2015
Question: I have had tremors for the last 5 years. I have been to probably 10 Doctors, and none of them can come up with a diagnosis. Some say it is Parkinson's, some say famialel tremors. At this point my hands both shake, my right leg shakes, and my head and jaw will start shaking about 4:oo PM. I have been taking Carb/Levo 25-250 2 tablets 3 times a day, also1 mg Clonazepam twice daily. The symptoms just keep getting worse, and I need some help. Thank you. My E-mail is YYYY@YYYY
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Answered by Dr. Eris Ranxha (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Parkinson disease likely

Detailed Answer:
Dear
Thank you for trusting HCM
I am sorry for the symptoms you are suffering
I carefully read your symptoms and unfortunately as you explained them it seems like Parkinson disease
To confirm diagnosis, tremor and shaking isn't enough.
To call it Parkinsonism diagnosis is based on clinical evaluation.
Tremor, bradikinesia, and alteration of postural reflex confirm the diagnosis.

Fortunately benign, familiar or activity tremor isn't progressive, in most cases.

In my opinion you should discuss with your neurologist (choose one which is specialised is extrapyramidal disorders) about treatment
You should absolutely schedule an brain magnetic resonance to rule out any organic brain disorder
Clinical evaluation is needed to decide Parkinson stratification
You should discuss with your neurologist about changing treatment as it is known that levodopa isn't effective at your age
Parkinson is treatable at most cases but unfortunately there is no definitive treatment
Hope my answer will help in right diagnoses and treatment
Please feel free to ask for further information or doubts
Wish you all the best and fast recovery
Stay healthy
Regards
Dr Eris Ranxha
Neurologist
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Are hand tremors a sign of Parkinson's disease?

Brief Answer: Parkinson disease likely Detailed Answer: Dear Thank you for trusting HCM I am sorry for the symptoms you are suffering I carefully read your symptoms and unfortunately as you explained them it seems like Parkinson disease To confirm diagnosis, tremor and shaking isn't enough. To call it Parkinsonism diagnosis is based on clinical evaluation. Tremor, bradikinesia, and alteration of postural reflex confirm the diagnosis. Fortunately benign, familiar or activity tremor isn't progressive, in most cases. In my opinion you should discuss with your neurologist (choose one which is specialised is extrapyramidal disorders) about treatment You should absolutely schedule an brain magnetic resonance to rule out any organic brain disorder Clinical evaluation is needed to decide Parkinson stratification You should discuss with your neurologist about changing treatment as it is known that levodopa isn't effective at your age Parkinson is treatable at most cases but unfortunately there is no definitive treatment Hope my answer will help in right diagnoses and treatment Please feel free to ask for further information or doubts Wish you all the best and fast recovery Stay healthy Regards Dr Eris Ranxha Neurologist