My husband's Family doctor has speculated that he may have Parkinson's. He has difficulty walking, has bad balance, and is generally very fatigued. He had his prostate removed in 1995, followed by radiation four years later, and two years ago had Elieard treatment to eliminate testosterone. What are your comments with regards XXXXX XXXXX next move?Thank youPenny Woodfine
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 79
Walking as much as possible. Have had to give up most sports which I have played all my life.
Hello. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's situation. His fatigue could certainly be from the lack of testosterone alone. This could possible affect his walking and sense of balance as well. Does he have a tremor or bradykinesia or an awkward shuffling type gait? Parkinson's is really a clinical diagnosis, so the physical exam is crucial. One thing that is sometimes done to test for PD is to undergo a trial of low dose anti-parkinson medication such as levodopa to see if there is a dramatic improvement. You would need to work with a neurologist on this. It's important because if he does respond well, you may be able to get him back to some of the activities he previously enjoyed.
Neurology & Int Medicine (US Trained): 20 yrs experience