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Posted by Bruce on September 16, 2000 at 15:02:27:

In Reply to: sweating, fever posted by Richard Levitt on September 15, 2000 at 22:59:29:

: Any thoughts on the following would be appreciated:
: My mother, 80 years old, suffers from Parkinsons (stage 5) and Alzheimers. During the last several months she has developed intermittent periods (lasting anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes)during which she sweats profusely, and fiddles with her hands, usually playing with her clothes nearby her stomach. She is particularly rigid and nonresponsive during these periods. And often they are accompanied by fever (not clear if fever is related). Antibiotics have addressed the fever (though not completely) but have not affected the sweating, etc. The failure of the antibotics to fully address the fever is a substantial problem, as we do not want to send her home from the hospital (and therefore off of I-V antibiotics), only to have to return her to the hospital in a few days (as we have twice done) when her fever elevates.

: Any thoughts would be appreciated.

As a retired microbiologist and also having pd, just because anyone has a fever that doesn't automatically mean a person has an infection. The reason I feel strongly about this, several years ago my good friend and neighbor was a patient in the hospital where I worked and he was being treated for an "infection" with an expensive antibiotic and was feeling worse day by day. I can't tell you all the details, but my friend took charge of his health care and dismissed himself from the hospital. Later, he told me he was in the latter stages of Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymph nodes) and today he is completely cured from the cancer. If he would have stayed in the hospital where I worked, he wouldn't be alive today. I can only relate to you my experiences with pd symptoms. I am very sensitive to the temperature and can start sweating even in a cold room without much effort. The other symptoms you described seem to fit the "on" and "off" effect that is common with pd patients. It is like switching off a lamp. Their are times when the pd drugs quit working for awhile and the pd symptoms come to the surface. The lesson I learned about my neighbor's experience, is we shouldn't let the doctor do all our thinking for us. Just like any job or profession, there is a wide range in the expertise of medical doctors and, at least, we all should be a little skeptical about the health care we receive. Bruce

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