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

Parkinson’s disease may cause difficulty swallowing (Dysphagia). Food may go into the lungs – this is called Aspiration. The decrease in swallowing saliva may also cause drooling. These problems are particularly severe in a disease called Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Although PSP is slightly different than Parkinson’s disease, all the information given here is helpful … Read more

Sleep & Parkinson’s: REM Behavior Disorder, Insomnia, Sleepiness & Cramping

Sleep problems in Parkinson’s include difficulty staying asleep (Insomnia), trashing in bed while sleeping (REM Behavior Disorder), cramping of the legs or arms while sleeping (OFF-dystonia) and finally, sleepiness or sleeping throughout the day. Each one of these has a specific treatment. Certainly, other sleep problems can occur in Parkinson’s – like having the urge … Read more

How can you reduce Depression and Anxiety?

Is Depression & Anxiety common in Parkinson’s disease? Yes. Depression & Anxiety are common in Parkinson’s disease. These problems can produce significant disability. About 1 in every 5 patients with Parkinson’s disease may have Depression (Rejinders et al. 2008). Anxiety is even more common – about 1 in 4 patients with Parkinson’s disease have significant … Read more

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

Parkinson’s and falling, unfortunately, go hand in hand. Most patients with Parkinson’s disease have some imbalance. In uncomplicated Parkinson’s disease, falls are less common. But: If you have recurrent falls or If you are falling backwards, Parkinson’s disease may not be the right diagnosis. If you do have Parkinson’s disease, adequate treatment helps you move … Read more