Tremors are common among elderly adults and are typically a part of the natural degenerative process that affects the neurological system. For some elderly adults, the complication may be associated with a more progressive and degenerative disease, such as Parkinson’s disease, and must be diagnosed appropriately. If your loved one is suffering from marked tremors, it is important to ask a doctor about the possible cause and origin and determine if shaking palsy is a long term complication.
Shaking palsy is simply a medical term used to describe the onset of tremors and is usually associated with Parkinson’s disease. For some adults, however, the onset of shaking palsy may be associated to other health conditions and could even be attributed to a side effect of medications. For elderly adults with long term development of shaking palsy, the complication may lead to abnormal gait, or ability to walk, which can ultimately lead to decreased mobility.
When not associated with Parkinson’s disease, shaking palsy may be a side effect of a viral or bacterial infection. Therefore, if you notice that your loved one has suddenly developed shaking palsy, be sure to ask a physician about the role of infection and determine if medications, such as antibiotics or anti-virals, can offset the health risk. In many cases, especially when shaking palsy is a long term complication, men will become more quickly affected than women and is usually first seen early in life. For some adults, however, the tremors and development of shaking palsy may begin as early as 20 to 30 years of age.
CT scan, MRI and general blood work are usually the tests done to rule out complications associated with shaking palsy. Be sure that your primary care doctor has run these tests and then seek out the medical attention of a neurologist and a geriatric medical specialist if you believe the shaking palsy is progressive and degenerative in nature. In the long term, the best way to manage shaking palsy is to determine if the condition is rooted in a non-reversible health condition, such as Parkinson’s disease, and then seek natural treatment options early in life and then progressively work to more advanced treatments later in life. In the long term, it is about managing health care early and obtaining the right diagnosis. With early diagnosis you can plan for the long term complications that can ultimately decrease mobility when living with shaking palsy.Sources: Journal of Neurological Disease & Aging, 2007: vol 2. pp. 78-83.