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Old 08-03-2009, 11:25
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hi

my Dad is 76 and has recently developed the shakes ... it's freaked him out as it's come on fairly swiftly, and he won't go to the docs as he says it's just old age...

is there anything he can do to help control or prevent them does anyone know?

thanks
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:37
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I would have said go to the docs. Can you not try and persuade him.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:39
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Is this alcohol related or Parkinson's?

If he won't go to the doctors,ask for a home visit and get him seen to that way. This is what I do.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:41
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Is it just in his legs?
My Grandad had restless leg syndrome which can be quite disconcerting and alarming when it first happens, as well as painful.
It can be treated, so i'd pop him down the docs.
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Old 08-03-2009, 13:51
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A certain amount of tremor with old age is natural, for example you may not be able to hold a full cup without spilling some. All-over body shakes suggest something like Parkinson's disease, but he'll never find out unless he goes to a doctor and it's not the sort of thing anyone can diagnose over an advice forum. If he's got Parkinson's, there are drugs to reduce the tremor, but if he doesn't get treatment, the symptoms will get worse and the quality of his life will diminish. Bottom line is that a doctor's visit is necessary. If he doesn't like the advice he's given there, he can always ignore it.
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Old 08-03-2009, 13:53
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Parkinsons is the first thing that occurs to me as well. But sudden tremors of any kind are definitely not something to be ignored, because it does suggest something neurological. It may be something simple but if he doesn't get help then you won't know. Perhaps if you ask him to go to the docs for your piece of mind because you are worried?
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Old 08-03-2009, 14:07
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I thought of Parkinson's too. Apparently one symptom is that someone with Parkinson's handwriting changes with the onset, so if he has recently found his writing getting smaller that's consistent with the condition. If it is confirmed he might be able to get physiotherapy before being put on medication as the medication shouldn't be prescribed until it's absolutely necessary.
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Old 08-03-2009, 15:05
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is he on any type of pills that may give him the shakes..the doc is the best way to go though
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Old 08-03-2009, 15:29
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hi

my Dad is 76 and has recently developed the shakes ... it's freaked him out as it's come on fairly swiftly, and he won't go to the docs as he says it's just old age...

is there anything he can do to help control or prevent them does anyone know?

thanks
No there isn't. He needs to go to the doc. It could be something as simple as problems with his diet to something more complex like Parkinson's (my father had the shakes for a year before he got diagnosed - but he used to drink heavily so thought it might be that). But whatever it is needs to be seen to by a doc - there's no such things as "shakes due to old age".
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Old 09-03-2009, 11:22
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thanks for these - will speak to him again today and see if I can persuade him to go to the docs - he's a real "old school" stubborn man though and won't go easily!
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