Advanced Center For Neurology & Headache
Neurologist located in Valencia, CA
Stiffness in your arms or legs and hand tremors are common signs of Parkinson’s disease. Board-certified neurologist Yuvraj Grewal, MD, and the team at Advanced Center for Neurology and Headache in Valencia, California, offer prompt diagnosis of this progressive condition to give you relief from your symptoms. Early diagnosis is crucial to matching you with effective medication. Call today or book a consultation online.
Parkinson's Disease Q & A
What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that causes nerve cell damage in your brain. The condition is brought on when an area deep in your brain doesn’t produce the necessary amount of dopamine, an important chemical that transmits signals. With too little dopamine, your motor activity slows down, causing tremors and other symptoms.
Parkinson’s disease can begin at any age and may progress slowly or quickly. Most people experience their first symptoms in their 40s or 50s.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?
The primary symptoms of the condition include:
- Stiffness in your arms, legs, and neck
- Tremors in your hands
- Changes in your speech
- Shuffling gait
- Trouble making fine finger movements
- Poor balance and coordination
You might also experience less common signs of the disease, such as:
- Emotional changes
- Memory and sleep problems
- Difficulty with urination or bowel movements
- Low blood pressure when you stand up
- Problems chewing or swallowing
You might also have difficulty walking, and may feel like your feet stick to the ground when you try to walk.
How is Parkinson’s disease diagnosed?
Your provider at Advanced Center for Neurology and Headache diagnoses your condition after taking a complete medical history and performing a physical exam. They also recommend lab or imaging tests to rule out other potential causes of your symptoms.
How is Parkinson’s disease treated?
Your provider recommends a comprehensive treatment plan. They may recommend medications, such as levodopa, to replace the dopamine your brain doesn’t produce. The drug may offer dramatic relief from your symptoms, although results vary.
However, you can become resistant to levodopa after prolonged use or after taking it at high doses. As an alternative, your provider may recommend a new therapy called a dopamine agonist. This medication mimics the action of dopamine.
Your provider walks you through the benefits and downsides of your various treatment options. Together, you decide on a treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms — and promote your overall well-being.
If you’re experiencing the signs of Parkinson’s disease, take a step for your lasting wellness today. Call or schedule a consultation online with Advanced Center for Neurology and Headache.