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Dyskinesia in Parkinson's Patients

Dyskinesia in Parkinson's Patients

Dyskinesia is categorized by the involuntary movement that is seen often within Parkinson's patients. Some movements that fall into this category are twitches, jerks, and twists that a patient normally can't even control. Often times, dyskinesia causes a lot of discomfort for each patient. While a serious issue, it often occurs as a result of extended use of levodopa, a common medication that Parkinson's patients take.

There is a distinction from conditions with similar tics from the involuntary movements of dyskinesia. Other diseases and disorders that are characterized by tics are tourettes, provisional tic disorder, dystonia and tardive dyskinesia. Those either affect certain body parts or aren't the result of taking Levodopa. When affected by any one of those diseases, one should speak to a specialist to see what could be done with that specific involuntary movement. While Parkinson's can affect each individual in its own way, it can usually thwart someone's lifestyle very easily. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease can be either very mild or severe. 

There are certainly medications that can help overall, but knowing where to start can make all the difference. Although most of those with Parkinson’s have had various types of issues already discussed with them, it is indeed possible to find out what exactly are the issues that are causing harm to the body overall. Levodopa does trigger dyskinesia as a result of patients taking it for an extended length of time. The medication is known to control the various amounts of dopamine that are in the body, and the medication can cause dopamine levels to either fluctuate or fall. However, this medication is still the best option for most Parkinson's patients, so not taking it at all is not very effective for patients. Dyskinesia though may be avoided if taking Levodopa is delayed.

There are millions of patients around the globe that are suffering from the ill effects of Parkinson’s disease. This might not seem like as many when compared to other types of diseases because sometimes funding is not the greatest for Parkinson's patients, making resources limited for many. This is just one of the causes of concern for many with Parkinson's and it is still a widespread issue to this day. 

As said before, Parkinson's can affect many patients differently, but there are those who are at a higher risk than others. Although, some of the risk factors have gone down since more individuals have been making healthcare trips more often. However, dyskinesia can affect someone's daily life very easily and it can prevent them from doing much of their daily routine, which would sometimes include driving. This has been viewed as an issue for many, and it is important for Parkinson's patients to further understand this common symptom that they all face and have knowledge of some solutions to control it.