Has anyone living with FTD (frontal temporal dementia) family member had the person be very stiff when walking, contracture of an extremity? - AgingCare.com

Has anyone living with FTD (frontal temporal dementia) family member had the person be very stiff when walking, contracture of an extremity?

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My husband has had FTD for 3 1/2 years and the left arm and hand started to be contractured a couple yrs ago.. He is so stiff and hard to get around and to move in bed. He is just like a board it seems, is dead weight. I am wondering if this is a form of Parkinson's disease. I have not spoken to the Dr about this. Wondering if Parkinson's and FTFD go hand in hand. Does a Parkinson's medicine help any?

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Check with doctor and go on FTD wrbsites. You'll probably find references to MND motor neuron disease, something on the FTD spectrum. It is likely to get worse as the brain degeneration continues. In general FTD may start out as semantic (language problems), behavioral (screw up in judgement and behavior), or motor (muscle) function. As time passes they may sort of mush together.
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I think if you got updated brain imaging you will see that the damage has gone well beyond the front and is invading the temporal region more and more. Ask the MD about muscle relaxers and pain relief.
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