February 8, 2011

Parkisons's and stress headaches, Gluthione infusions

Because of some problem with Yahoo, I'm able to follow the message in my favorite Yahoo group on Parkinson's -- PLWP2 (http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/plwp2/ -- but I'm not able to post replies. Frustrating since I've done some research in answer to questions raised and haven't been able to get them posted.  So I'm going to put the responses I've come up with here. One of the members of my PD support group who joined PLWP2 at my suggestion will then see if he can post a link back here.  Complicated.  But perhaps other viewers of this blog might find some of the responses of interest. Here's what I've found out about several questions raised recently:

Parkinson's and stess headaches.

The person who raised this has a wife with PD who suffers from stress headaches and he wonders if it's PD-related.

Here's a response to the same question from netdoctor.uk (http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/whoisnd.htm. This is a group of over 250 doctors in the UK who try to provide answers to medical questions:

I don't think headaches are specifically a problem with Parkinson's.
But the stiffness and muscular control of the neck could lead to a build up of what could be a stress headache.
I would suggest you try an alternative approach for this such as acupuncture or homeopathy.
Either of these approaches could be available locally on the NHS. Ask you doctor.
I think you should consider these options because they are safe and natural approaches and can be of benefit in a wide range of choices.
For information and suggestions on stress or tension headaches generally, there's no more reliable place to go than the Mayo Clinic. Seehttp://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tension-headache/DS00304

Gluthione infusions

Another PLWP2 member was thinking of trying gluthione infusion and asked about that.

There’s a lot on this on the web.  Here are some of the better links:
1.     A self-promoting description from the Hoffman Center that offers a treatment program -- http://www.drhoffman.com/page.cfm/196
2.     A before-after video from Dr. Perlmutter of the Hoffman Center - http://www.glutathioneexperts.com/benefits-glutathione.html
3.     A Neurotalk group (like ours) for exchange of information on this: -- http://neurotalk.psychcentral.com/thread46027.html
4.     A WebMD report on glutathione that doesn’t find anything terribly wrong with it -- http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-717-GLUTATHIONE.aspx?activeIngredientId=717&activeIngredientName=GLUTATHIONE
5.     A report on a clinical trial that found only “mild symptomatic relief” from glutathione infusion   But this study only involved 20 people and concludes, as we hear all too often, “this remains to be evaluated in a larger study.” -- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19230029?itool=3DEntrezSystem2.PEntrez.=

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