G. Frederick Wooten MD


Tremor

Tremor is an involuntary shaking movement that is repeated over and over. Although it may affect any part of the body, tremor most often affects the hands and head. Your voice may also shake. Sometimes the feet or torso may also shake. Essential tremor, which sometimes runs in families, is one of the most common types…

Parkinson’s Disease and Nutrition

Most people with Parkinson’s disease can eat the same healthy, balanced diet recommended for anyone. This includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, cereals, legumes, poultry, fish, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Early in the disease, it might be helpful to take pills with food to help with nausea, which…

Parkinson’s Disease and Exercise

Exercise is an important part of home treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease. It has benefits in both early and advanced stages of the disease. Regular exercise can help you: Keep and improve muscle strength and endurance. Control your weight and improve your cardiovascular fitness. Improve your balance…

Parkinson’s Disease and Speech Problems

Parkinson’s disease can affect the muscles of the lips, tongue, throat, voice box (larynx), and lungs, all of which are involved in producing speech. Stiff, slow muscles in these areas may lead to: Low voice volume or soft speech. Imprecise speech sounds. Speaking too fast or too slow. Monotonous voice. Hoarseness. A…

Parkinson’s Disease: Eating and Drooling Problems

Parkinson’s disease can change many of the muscles used for speech, chewing, and swallowing. Changes in these muscles may cause: Weight loss and nutrition problems. Slow eating. Fatigue during eating. Food “sticking” in the throat. Coughing or choking on food or liquids. Trouble swallowing saliva, which causes drooling…