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Posted by Bruce on December 19, 2000 at 18:18:25:

In Reply to: Re: Parkinsons in my 13 yr old? posted by Googy on December 16, 2000 at 00:54:25:

: : We adopted my son 3 yrs ago. He is now 13. His hands tremor 24-7, his co-ordination is totally like having 2 left feet and his speach has regressed back to slurring at times. When he came to us, he we were told that he is ADHD and he was on ritalin. We got him off that, and thought that his syptoms were from reactions to the ritalin. His has no vision in his left eye, so we thought that might have something to do with the co-ordination issues. But his shaking is worse!! He has trouble holding a pen to do school work. Can parkinsons effect a child so young?? What type of testing should I have done on him?? He is very small for age, he looks 7 not 13, has been through hell in such a short little life span. I just want to try to get to the route of his problem and get treatment. He is not on medication of any type. I didn't know if there is something that will help with them tremors.
: : Thank you, Jody

: Jody,

: He is young for PD,but take him now to a movement specialist.This is the only way to find out.Can you get on the new BB we are all transfering to.Wel would like to keep in touch with you,and add our support.

: Blessings,

: Googy

Jody, Googy is correct in reccommending you take your son to a movement disorder specialist. This is a neurologist who specia;izes in movement disorders. It is unusual for some one so young to have Parkomson's, but it takes a specialist to come up with the correct diagnosis.

I had to learn all of that the hard way. I have PD and at the time I was diagnosed I thought treating PD was a "no brainer"and my local docror should be able to treat it. Wrong!. When I visited a Parkinson's center, my treatment was completely different then what the local doctor recommended and I am doing much better. Many of us think our family doctor can diagnose anything, but I was wrong. Even if you have to travel a long distance, believe me, you will be glad you took the trip. Nruce

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