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Old 01-02-2013, 11:14 AM   #1
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Heat Intolerance

I have major heat intolerance. So much so I call it heat impossible. I haven't come accross this symptom much in articles relating to Parkinsons. I was wondering if anyone else out there has big problems with heat? My walking gets worse, headache, brain fog and sensory nerves go bizerk. It doesn't take much temperature change for it to start so I watch the temperature real close and if I start to perspire I need to call it quits. Both of my parents had Parkinsons. They passed on about 3 years ago and I remember my mom had issues with heat.

Also I'm becoming suspicious of cold now that winter has set in.

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Old 07-09-2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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Re: Heat Intolerance

I have the same problem and my neurologist says it can't be related to PD as heat is controlled in another part of the brain. My primary doctor put me back on hormones, thinking I've gotten hot flashes, but that's not working. (I'm 66 and haven't had hot flashes in years). The only help I've found is the gel pac neckerchief which is ok, but not a real solution. If anyone can shed some light on this symptom, I'd love to hear it.

 
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:51 AM   #3
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Re: Heat Intolerance

I wanted to give a upadate since I posted. It turns out I have medication induced Parkinsoninsm. Also called Drugged Induced Parkinsonism (DIP). I was taking a medicataion (lithium) as perscribed by doctor. Please research this topic. I read a stat that says 1 in 10 people that go to a Parkinson doctor has drug induceded parkinsonism. I say go to a subspecialist (a doctor specializing in Parkinsonism). Very simple medications (high blood pressure, thyroid) medications can have this side effect. There is a textbook called Drug Induced Diseases. It set in very slowly and got debilitating. Within days of cutting back the lithium the fatigue was gone. I still have some symptoms (milder heat intolerance) but much, much better and I am focusing on the positive. My lithium was in theraputic range according to blood tests. Please do more reaserch before you settle on the dx. Doctors are human and they make mistakes so please keep looking for answers. I ended up going to Cleveland Clinic seeing Dr. Wilson who is amazing. He changed my life around. The Drug Induced Disease is medicines dirty little secret. I do not want to give false hope but you are your own best advocate. Please check those medications because doctors aren't.

 
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