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Posted by Betty D. on October 25, 2000 at 12:07:33:

In Reply to: Re: Will I have halcinations in the future? posted by Eileen on October 25, 2000 at 10:57:14:

: Bruce,
: I don't know if you will have halluciations in the future. The best thing for you to do is see your nueorolgist. But I may have been halluciating and not even know it. Because my children say to me, Ma you are halluciating again. Weither I am or not, I don't realize it. I hope you don't have too many vivid dreams and I hope all goes well for you.Take care
: Eileen

: : I found excerpts from this article in the Parkinsons report. I thought you may find it interesting.
: : : : In a recent study of 214 consecutive PD patients,Sanchez-Ramos evaluated various characteristics to determine potential risk factors for the occurence of physcosis in PD. The halluciating PD patients were more advanced in age, or had dementia, a history of depression or sleep disorders. The duration of the diease, the total daily doses of levadopa, and the concomitant use of multiple anti-parkinsions medications were not siginificant risk factors. These findings are consistant with previous published reports. Sleep disruption, vivid dreams and nightmares are also frequent accompaniments of halluciations.
: : : : Halluciations usually occur after patients have taken PD medications for several months or years. When halluciations occur early in the course of presumed PD or when they occur shortly after the introduction of dopaminergic medicines, other diagnosis should be considered.
: : : : Thought this might help some people out.
: : : : Eileen
: : : : Eileen, the article you posted sounded as tho it was written about my husband. First he had the vivid dreams, then real nightmares,then this year comes the hallucinations. I had taken him to Memphis to a sleep disorder clinic. They wired him up for the night. He had a ton of paper scroll the next morn. The Dr.(Brazilian) read it and said nothing showed up......he seemed to think I was the one with nightmare ideas.....
: : : (I really believe if I were wired up now, a whole heap of disorders would show up!!)Betty D.

: : Eileen and Betty D., I read and reread the article and I have been havibg vivid dreams, nightmares and interupted sleep exactly as described in the article, but I don't halucinate. Does tthis mean I am likely to have halucinations in the future?
: : Bruce,I am firm in my suspicion that my husbands enviroment(37 years in an Alum. plant, breathing those metal fumes) played a big part in his getting this condition.Some Drs. say that age plays a part, too, in their getting dementia.
Frank is unaware that he is hallucinating...all these people are real to him, and events are, too.
We have a friend who is 83 with PD, his mind is sharp as a tack...he is, of course, retired, but has taken up day trading and making money.....so figure that!THINK POSITIVE, AND DON'T WORRY. THIS MAY NEVER HAPPEN TO YOU!!!!! Betty D.



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