Posted by Betty D.
on September 21, 2000 at 22:17:13:
In Reply to: Re: Basal Ganglia posted by Bruce on September 21, 2000 at 19:50:12:
: : We have just returned from the Neurologist here in Halifax. Although there is a possibility of Parkinson's he
: : is inclined to Basal Ganglia - apparently similar but far more serious! I can find nothing in layman's terms
: : on the internet. Can anyone out there help me? For the present he has increased his dosage of Sinemet
: : to see if there is any change in his symptoms. It sounded very scary to me. Ron is 75 and Bruce was
: : very kind to answer a previous question I had.
: : Betty P.
: Betty P. Based on what you desribed (more serious?)what I have read, it does't seem like the symptoms are any more severe than Parkinson's. Did the neurologist actually say tthis condition is more severe than Pd? What type of symptoms does he have? The basal ganglia are abnormaal with Parkinson's and I found where it said if the basal ganglia are damaged the symptoms were the same as Parkinson'symptoms. Two of the sites for the DBS surgery are a part of the basal ganglia and they are the GP1 and STN sites. The STN surgery is what I am seeking. Take care. Bruce
Betty P. The only info I came across was that the disorders of the basal ganglia(extrapyramidal disorders) do not cause weakness or reflex changes;the hallmark is INVOLUNTARY MOVEMENT,resulting in excesses (HYPERKINESIA)or poverty (HYPOKINESIA)of movement, and changes in muscle tone and in posture. These symptoms are as those in Parkinson's Disease. Good luck, Betty D.