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08/08/2007

Question:

please help, my grandfather is 70 and shakes. He has been told he doesnt have parkinsons. he wants to take carb/levo to help his shaking. does he need a prescription? he has had heart problems in the past. is this a good idea? thanks in for please?

Answer:

There are multiple causes for tremors, and each one is treated with different medications. Parkinson's disease is only one cause of tremor and is not diagnosed based on a person's age and the presence of tremor alone. This disease is diagnosed based on history and the presence of the following cardinal features on physical examination:

1) Slowness and decreased amplitude of movements

2) Rigidity

3) Tremor (typically a resting tremor that decreases with action)

4) Postural instability (tendency to fall when balance is lost)

I cannot provide you with specific medical advice for your grandfather, but I recommend you ask his doctor for a referral to a specialist for further evaluation and recommendations for treatment.

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Response by:

Punit  Agrawal, DO Punit Agrawal, DO
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University