Parkinson's Treatment Online

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease of the nervous system that negatively affects one’s movement.

Parkinson's

Parkinson's symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Tremors in the hands or limbs
  • Stiff muscles
  • Difficulty standing
  • Fatigue
  • Restless sleep
  • Impaired voice
  • Reduced facial expression
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating Parkinson's Disease Online

Parkinson’s disease develops when nerve cells in the brain break down and die. Parkinson’s symptoms surface once there’s a loss of certain nerve cells that produce a brain chemical called dopamine.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s often develop gradually and on one side of the body. As the disease progresses, people may have trouble accomplishing everyday tasks, including:

  • Walking
  • Talking
  • Sleeping
  • Chewing
  • Swallowing
  • Speaking

Although it’s unknown what causes Parkinson’s, there are factors that may play a role including specific genetic mutations and exposure to certain toxins in the environment. Some complications of the disease include difficulty thinking, depression and emotional changes, bladder problems, and constipation.

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to Parkinson’s. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for Parkinson’s is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of Parkinson’s may include:

  • Carbidopa-levodopa
  • Dopamine agonists
  • MAO-B inhibitors
  • Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors
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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • What are signs of Parkinson's disease?

    Early signs of Parkinson’s disease will often only occur on one side of the body. They may include trembling hands, stiffness in the arms and legs, slowness of movement, and poor balance and coordination.

  • What is early Parkinson's?

    Although Parkinson’s is typically diagnosed in people over 60 years old, young onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD) can develop in someone who is 50 years old or even younger. A majority of the symptoms and treatments are similar for the two conditions, but there may be differences in the overall course of the disease.

  • What is the difference between essential tremors and Parkinson's related tremors?

    Essential tremor is a condition that causes uncontrollable shaking in different parts of the body, including the arms, hands, voice box (larynx), tongue, and chin. While an essential tremor often affect the voice and head, head tremors are uncommon in Parkinson’s. Additionally, essential tremor tends to worsen when a part of the body is in motion, while Parkinson’s-related tremors decrease when the body is in motion.

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