Pain in Parkinson's

Pain is a significant non-motor symptom of Parkinson’s disease (PD) that researchers are beginning to recognize and investigate. Some studies report that up to 80 percent of people with PD have chronic pain.

Some pain is a symptom of Parkinson’s itself, but other forms can be caused by too much medication, including one which is sometimes caused by dyskinesia, the uncontrollable movements often associated with long-term use of dopamine replacement drugs. Dystonia, a severe muscle cramping associated with PD, can also cause pain.

In this podcast, MJFF Contributing Editor Dave Iverson speaks with Julie Pilitsis, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics and professor of neurosurgery at Albany Medical Center.

Dr. Pilitsis speaks to the connection between Parkinson’s pain and fatigue, saying, “People in pain can’t sleep well, they can’t find a comfortable position. People that are fatigued are more sensitive to the pain . . . . When you’re tapping your own personal resources because you’re fatigued, you’re going to feel anything worse.”

Hear more about this topic in our next Third Thursdays Webinar: "Parkinson's Pain and Fatigue” on July 21, 2016 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. Register now.

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  • They are coming to the conclusion that pain is a part of Parkinson's ? Man!!! we are never going to find cure.


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    ["November 30, 2015 at 2:54 am

    My name is fred, i was diagnosed with hepatitis b for 3years ago i lived in pain with the knowledge that i wasn’t going to ever be well again icontacted so many herbal doctors on this issue and wasted a large sum of money but my condition never got better i was determined to get my life back so one day i saw mr Brown post on how Dr Bongani from south Africa saved him from the VIRUS with herbal medicine i contacted Dr Bongani on his email address we spoke on the issue i told him all that i went through and he told me not to worry that everything will be fine again so he prepared the medicine and send it to me through courier service and told me how to use it,after 14days of usage I went to see the doctor for test ,then the result was negative,am the happiest man on earth now ,,pls try is real ..thanks to Dr Bongani …God bless u …" (end of EDIT)]

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  • A Scam noooooo. We are never going to find a cure.

  • Cure or no cure, we don't need to compound our pain by letting some cunning shysters from Africa take us to the cleaners!

  • You are right. I am sorry. I have felt so much better lately than I have I actually enjoy giving scammers a hard time. I love to toy a round with the " I see you are having troubles with your window operating system". After wasting 10 min of their time we tell them we just had our windows cleaned and maybe they should try back after the monsoons. I am so easily amused.

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