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Parkinson's Disease

Relief for aches

09/28/1998

Question:

Is there any medicine that will provide relief from the constant acheing muscles resulting from P.D. ? One that can be used regularly ?

Answer:

Pain in PD can stem from a variety of causes: 1. Off dystonia, occurring when the PD meds wear off. 2. On dystonia, at peak doses of PD meds. 3. Other causes not specific to PD, such as arthritis or disc disease.

It is important to rule out these other causes with appropriate investigations.

If the pain is related to the PD meds, it is best to optimize them rather than use pain killers. Bezodiazepines such as Valium or Klonopin can occasionally be helpful, as can Lioresal (baclofen).

You might also want to look at my answer to a previous question titled "pain".

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Response by:

Arif Dalvi, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati