Parkinson’s Patient Guide

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This Parkinson’s guide is an effort to provide information helpful to patients.

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Symptoms


Shuffling gait vs Festinating gait – Are you dragging your feet?

Shuffling gait vs Festinating gait – Are you dragging your feet?

Bradykinesia causes (including 3 Non-Parkinson’s causes)

Bradykinesia causes (including 3 Non-Parkinson’s causes)

Know 16 early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease [Easy]

Know 16 early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease [Easy]

Bradykinesia meaning [It’s not always Parkinson’s!]

Bradykinesia meaning [It’s not always Parkinson’s!]

Diagnosis


Parkinson’s diagnosis [Is a DAT scan/ F-DOPA PET scan needed?]

Parkinson’s diagnosis [Is a DAT scan/ F-DOPA PET scan needed?]

What can mimic Parkinson’s disease? [30+ Parkinson’s Misdiagnoses]

What can mimic Parkinson’s disease? [30+ Parkinson’s Misdiagnoses]

Parkinson’s Plus Syndromes


What is MSA? [Multiple Systems Atrophy meaning]

What is MSA? [Multiple Systems Atrophy meaning]

Is there a Miracle Cure for PSP? [Rational PSP treatment & new research]

Is there a Miracle Cure for PSP? [Rational PSP treatment & new research]

Parkinson’s diagnosis [Is a DAT scan/ F-DOPA PET scan needed?]

Parkinson’s diagnosis [Is a DAT scan/ F-DOPA PET scan needed?]

Parkinson’s and Falling [Avoid falling and injuries!]

Parkinson’s and Falling [Avoid falling and injuries!]

What can mimic Parkinson’s disease? [30+ Parkinson’s Misdiagnoses]

What can mimic Parkinson’s disease? [30+ Parkinson’s Misdiagnoses]

Parkinson’s Plus Syndromes [5 important mimics]

Parkinson’s Plus Syndromes [5 important mimics]

What is Progressive Supranuclear Palsy? [PSP meaning]

What is Progressive Supranuclear Palsy? [PSP meaning]

Who is a good candidate for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)?

Who is a good candidate for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)?

Parkinson’s – Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia), Drooling & Aspiration

Parkinson’s – Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia), Drooling & Aspiration

Slowing progression


Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [parkinson’s disease physical exercise]

Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [parkinson’s disease physical exercise]

Parkinsons coffee & Vitamin D

Parkinsons coffee & Vitamin D

Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [Modern Medications]

Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [Modern Medications]

Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [stem cell therapy for parkinson’s]

Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [stem cell therapy for parkinson’s]

Medications


Levodopa

Levodopa

Dopamine Agonists: Ropinirole, Pramipexole, Rotigotine

Dopamine Agonists: Ropinirole, Pramipexole, Rotigotine

Amantadine

Amantadine

MAO-B inhibitors: Rasagiline, Selegiline & Safinamide

MAO-B inhibitors: Rasagiline, Selegiline & Safinamide

Anticholinergics – Trihexyphenidyl, benztropine, biperiden etc.

Anticholinergics – Trihexyphenidyl, benztropine, biperiden etc.

Medication Induced Parkinsonism [Avoid these medications if you have Parkinson’s!]

Medication Induced Parkinsonism [Avoid these medications if you have Parkinson’s!]

Entacapone & Tolcapone

Entacapone & Tolcapone

Non-Motor Symptoms


How can you reduce Depression and Anxiety?

How can you reduce Depression and Anxiety?

rem sleep behavior disorder parkinson’s

rem sleep behavior disorder parkinson’s

What is the cause & treatment of Constipation in Parkinson’s disease?

What is the cause & treatment of Constipation in Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s and Falling [Avoid falling and injuries!]

Parkinson’s and Falling [Avoid falling and injuries!]

Parkinson’s – Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia), Drooling & Aspiration

Parkinson’s – Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia), Drooling & Aspiration

Deep Brain Stimulation


What is Deep Brain Stimulation? How does DBS work?

What is Deep Brain Stimulation? How does DBS work?

Who is a good candidate for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)?

Who is a good candidate for Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)?

STN-DBS versus GPi-DBS – Which DBS location is best?

STN-DBS versus GPi-DBS – Which DBS location is best?

Best DBS Device for Parkinson’s in India

Best DBS Device for Parkinson’s in India

DBS procedure [5 steps including Levodopa Challenge Test & DBS surgery]

DBS procedure [5 steps including Levodopa Challenge Test & DBS surgery]

What is the Deep Brain Stimulation Success rate for Parkinson’s?

What is the Deep Brain Stimulation Success rate for Parkinson’s?

DBS surgery risks & Deep Brain Stimulation side effects

DBS surgery risks & Deep Brain Stimulation side effects

Deep Brain Stimulation Cost in India [Reduce DBS cost!]

Deep Brain Stimulation Cost in India [Reduce DBS cost!]

DBS for Parkinson’s Disease – Realistic expectations.

DBS for Parkinson’s Disease – Realistic expectations.

Cause


Why are my hands shaking for no reason? – Hand tremor causes & treatment

Why are my hands shaking for no reason? – Hand tremor causes & treatment

What is the cause of Parkinson’s disease? Does a virus cause Parkinson’s disease?

What is the cause of Parkinson’s disease? Does a virus cause Parkinson’s disease?

Latest News/Research


Coronavirus / Covid & Parkinson’s : Best resources collection.

Coronavirus / Covid & Parkinson’s : Best resources collection.

Intranasal levodopa has been approved

Intranasal levodopa has been approved

Nice new video: Gut & Parkinson’s disease

Nice new video: Gut & Parkinson’s disease

Caution: This information is not a substitute for professional care. Do not change your medications/treatment without your doctor's permission.
Dr. Siddharth Kharkar

Dr. Siddharth Kharkar

Dr. Siddharth Kharkar has been recognized as one of the best neurologists in Mumbai by Outlook India magazine and India today Magazine. He is a board certified (American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology certified) Neurologist.

Dr. Siddharth Kharkar is a Epilepsy specialist in Mumbai & Parkinson's specialist in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

He has trained in the best institutions in India, US and UK including KEM hospital in Mumbai, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), USA & Kings College in London.

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