Parkinson’s Patient Guide

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

This and the accompanying Epilepsy guide are meant for your benefit. Both guides will always be free.

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Dr. Siddharth Kharkar.

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Symptoms


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!]

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)

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


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]

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]

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


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

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.

ON-DEMAND TREATMENT FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE

ON-DEMAND TREATMENT FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE

Non-Motor Symptoms


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!]

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

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


Intranasal levodopa has been approved

Intranasal levodopa has been approved

Nice new video: Gut & Parkinson’s disease

Nice new video: Gut & Parkinson’s disease

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

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

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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  • Avatar JAIKUMAR MANI ★★★★★ 3 weeks ago
    My experience with Dr Siddharth Kharkar was really awesome. It’s always great to be in the presence of someone who is a renowned expert in his field & … More it brings peace of mind that the advice will obviously be the correct one. In addition, his ability to convey complex workings of the human brain in such simple terms that a layman like me could easily understand was something I really appreciated. I heartily Thank Dr Kharkar for his astute advice & gladly recommend him to anyone who needs a neurologist.
  • Avatar Rohit shetye ★★★★★ a month ago
    Best Dr. we have ever meet. Dr. Listened to us patiently and gave us the proper solution. No unnecessary test or didn’t frighten us. Thank you so much … More Dr.
  • Avatar Ashish Patil ★★★★★ a month ago
    Great doctor!! Really appreciate.The doctor diagnosed me correctly and start treatment that will help me a lots to improve my condition. The doctor is … More really good, calm and his nature is down to earth, gives confidence to patient!!! Thank you!!!
  • Avatar Bianca D'silva ★★★★★ 4 weeks ago
    We had been looking for a specialist in parkinsons for a while now, for my father and when we found Dr. Siddharth Kharka's details on Google, we were … More partly relieved. Partly because, we were all very anxious not knowing how would our visit turn out. I appreciate Dr. Kharkar and his team. He was very clear in his explanations, his knowledge about parkinsons. He took the time to answer the questions we had, went over the diagnosis and started necessary treatment immediately. The only drawback we experienced was the waiting time. Overall, we left the clinic satisfied, knowing much more than when we walked in. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a specialist.
  • Avatar Neelam Satghare ★★★★★ a month ago
    I have visited the doctor clinic for the first timeBut he gave good advice and helped me overcomeMy doubts and queries. It was a good experience.I am very … More thankful for cooperation.
  • Avatar Nitin Ghotge ★★★★★ a month ago
    Dr.Sidharth Kharkar is one of the best neurologist i came across ....He is really genuine and focused .....We really satisfied after consultancy...
  • Avatar Krishna kumari Radhakrishnan ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Hi Sharing my experience with Dr KharkarI had consulted with dr regarding my husband’sProblems of tremors. Dr immediately diagnosed on video consultation … More and could help him to control the tremors s of Parkinson’s disease.I found him genuinely polite and free to talk n patiently listening to the patients problem.Now my husband regained his balance n tremors controlled. Many many thanks to Dr Kharkar
  • Avatar a kumar ★★★★★ a month ago
    Dr kharkar is very nice doctor, sir explained each and every thing very nicely, and i am thankful for Dr kharkar for his treatment .
  • Avatar Nidhi Sonawane ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    I had a positive experience with the doctor. He was very sympathetic. His communication skills were good and listened with patience.
  • Avatar Ujwala Sawant ★★★★★ a month ago
    Because of Dr.kharkar sir my husband got new life. Tnx sir.
  • Avatar Mythili Balasubramanian ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Consultation with the doctor was a very satisfying experience. Was empathetic in his approach, and responded positively to all the queries we had. Thank … More you doctor!
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    Doctor explained very Good nice person give length time to check body
  • Avatar Sharmila Kumawat ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    Dr Siddharth is one of the best Dr I have ever met. He is kind, polite, helpful and very selfless person. I have migraine and I am his patient since more … More than 2 years. The staff is always helpful and Dr Siddharth is just beyond words for me. Thank you for ur selfless service and kindness u give to all ur patients.

India Today Magazine - 2021Noted as one of the Best Neurologists in Mumbai