Parkinson’s Patient Guide

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Symptoms


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


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]

Am I a good DBS candidate? [For Parkinson’s Patients]

Am I a good DBS candidate? [For Parkinson’s Patients]

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

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

Slowing progression


Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [Exercise & Preventing Injuries]

Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [Exercise & Preventing Injuries]

Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [Coffee & Traditional Medications]

Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [Coffee & Traditional Medications]

Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [Modern Medications]

Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [Modern Medications]

Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [Stem Cell Therapy]

Slowing Parkinson’s Progression [Stem Cell Therapy]

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.

Non-Motor Symptoms


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?

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

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

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

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

Deep Brain Stimulation


Am I a good DBS candidate? [For Parkinson’s Patients]

Am I a good DBS candidate? [For Parkinson’s Patients]

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 [Are newer DBS devices better?]

Best DBS Device for Parkinson’s [Are newer DBS devices better?]

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


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 for educational purposes. It is not a substitute for professional medical diagnosis & treatment. Do not change your medications, supplements or other treatments without your doctor's permission.

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Dr. Siddharth Kharkar

Dr. Siddharth Kharkar is a board certified (American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology certified) Neurologist. He is a Epilepsy specialist & 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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Caution:
This information is for educational purposes. It is not a substitute for professional medical diagnosis & treatment. Do not change your medications, supplements or other treatments without your doctor's permission.

Dr. Siddharth Kharkar

Dr. Kharkar is a Neurologist, Epilepsy specialist & 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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