Parkinson’s disease is a well-covered topic on this website. We have discussed the disease itself as well as the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that usually appear. However, we haven’t mentioned anything about atypical symptoms so far.
What is Atypical Parkinsonism?
When people with Parkinson’s disease experience symptoms that are not typical for this illness, then the doctors regard it as an atypical Parkinsonism. Typical Parkinson’s has several stages, but it is not always like that. The problem appears when doctors need to find a proper treatment since traditional Parkinson’s disease treatments may not work. Then they must be extremely cautious when deciding what type of treatment would be best for the patient.
What Are the Atypical Symptoms?
Some of the typical symptoms include tremors, stiff muscles, and slower movements. However, when a person is experiencing atypical Parkinsonism, they don’t even experience tremors. Some of the symptoms are all types of dementia and a significant drop in blood pressure when standing. Vocal changes can also happen and, so called, gaze paralysis. This means a person cannot look up nor down. Furthermore, people can have hallucinations and sleeping disorders
What is the Treatment for Atypical Parkinsonism?
Once they are familiar with a person’s atypical Parkinsonism symptoms, doctors can prescribe a treatment. Unfortunately, there is no a medicine that can cure the disease – only to reduce the symptoms. The treatment will depend on the type of atypical Parkinsonism a person has. For instance, if a patient has dementia, the doctors should prescribe medicines such as quetiapine or donepezil. They must be extremely careful and take into consideration all the symptoms.
If you are unsure about what type of Parkinson’s disease your loved one has, consult your doctor immediately and don’t forget to mention all the symptoms. Check out the early signs of Parkinson’s to be able to recognize it faster.
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