What Is Parkinsonism?


In this brief video from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Dr. Maurizio Facheris talks about Parkinsonism and its relationship to Parkinson’s disease.

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Parkinsonism is a medical term used to describe symptoms which could be attributed to Parkinsons’s disease. Typically, these would be tremors, rigidity, and bradykinesia (slowed movements). However, not all patients who present these symptoms will have Parkinson’s disease.

Anyone experiencing Parkinsonisms should see their doctor to be tested for Parkinson’s disease but the symptoms could also be due to other health issues such as vascular disorder, head trauma, other neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, or a side effect of a drug, medication, or toxin. (Source: Mayo Clinic)

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Parkinson’s News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

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One comment

  1. Robert Pereira says:

    I have been seeing my Nuerologist for the last 8-9 years. I have stiffness in by back and i am experiencing slowness in movement. I go for long walks and play badminton once a week. but recently I have given up badminton after loosing my balance resulting in falls.
    My doctor (neurologist) keeps assuring me that I do not have PD. I have done a head scan x2 and he has prescribed sinemet 6 tablet daily (25 mgs) which i have reduced to 4 daily. I need the sinemet has it helps in my movement. without the sinemet
    i don’t think i can function normally. My doctor say I have parkinsonism but not PD.
    Shall I seek a second opinion. I feel i am deteriorating . MY tremors in my left hand is very slight and it is not very noticeable

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