How can someone with Parkinson's control the shaking?

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Q: Are there any lifestyle adjustments my 68-year-old mother with Parkinson's can make to help improve her tremors and shakes?

A: Tremors and shakes are very common complaints encountered in primary care as well in subspecialty clinics, such as neurology / movement disorders clinics. They can be caused by numerous clinical conditions, or be medication or stress induced. The first step that will lead to adequate management is to establish the accurate diagnosis.

Treatment is often challenging, since tremors may not respond optimally to various medications. Tremors, as all other types of involuntary movements, will worsen with stress / anxiety. It is, therefore, very important to minimize life stressors. Since tremors usually worsen during illness, it is important to stay healthy and have healthy life style. Good overnight sleep may have beneficial effects on tremors, and patients with Parkinson's disease very often report improvement of their symptoms after a good night of sleep.


Dr. Aleksandar Videnovic is a Neurologist, specializing in Parkinson's disease and movement disorders. Read his full biography

Dr. Aleksandar Videnovic

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Dr. Videnovic cares for patients with Parkinson’s disease and various movement disorders. He is a principal investigator and co-investigator on several clinical trials in the field of Parkinson’s disease and movement disorders. He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Northwest University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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my mother has pd and also diabetes,heart disease,high blood pressure and beginning stages of alzheimers. she is on 20 pills aday pills to make her urinate pills to stop her from urinating. I feel as a daughter when is enough enough as far as medicane and just deciding that the quality of lije is not there. my mother is in a wheelchair she can
feed her self somewhat but struggles. she has been in nursing home twice with in the
past 6 months. i understand a dr point of view to do anything to save a life but when it comes to this period who has final say.