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What help can one get for my wife with parkinson desease?

Parkinson’s disease is a disorder that affects nerve cells, or neurons, in a part of the brain that controls muscle movement. In Parkinson’s, neurons that make a chemical called dopamine die or do not work properly. The four primary symptoms of the disease are

  • trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face,
  • stiffness of the arms, legs, and trunk,
  • slowness of movement, and
  • impaired balance and coordination. 

Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s diease, but a number of medications may provide dramatic relief from the symptoms. Learn more about Parkinson’s disease.

Patients and caregivers can find information about clinical studies and current research from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. They also have information about FDA-approved treatments.

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