When You Visit Your Doctor - Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Do you have a tremor of the hands at rest?
  • Have you noticed a slowing of your movements?
  • Do you have a stooped posture or a slow, shuffling gait?
  • Are you becoming more unsteady?
  • Are your muscles becoming more rigid?
  • Have you noticed your handwriting is getting smaller?
  • Do you have any problems with speech?
  • Are you depressed?
  • Do you have problems with memory, concentration, or problem-solving?
  • Do you have a family history of Parkinson'’s disease?
  • Are you taking any medications?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Complete neurological exam focusing on gait, muscle tone, strength, and vision
  • Mini Mental Status Exam (to test memory and concentration)

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • The diagnosis is made based on medical history and physical exam
  • SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography)
  • Response to drug treatment, such as a trial of levodopa