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Parkinsonian syndrome also called Parkinsonism syndrome is a medical disorder that shares the same symptoms as Parkinson’s disease. Not all individuals that have parkinsonism has Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinsonism has many causes, it includes:

  • Medications that are taken to treat psychosis, nausea and major psychiatric disorders
  • Repeated trauma to the head that will cause injuries
  • A number of number of neurodegenerative disorders such as progressive supranuclear palsy a rare disorder that causes protein buildup in the body that will affect the brain and multiple system atrophy a disorder that affects the autonomic nervous system
  • Exposure to harmful chemicals, such as cyanide and organic solvents
  • Cancer or tumors that will cause fluid buildup in the brain
  • Liver failure and hypoparathyroidism
  • Synucleinopathy or the abnormal accumulation of alpha-synuclein protein in the brain cells

Basically, parkinsonism is the termed used to describe symptoms that include neurological diseases that affect a person’s ability to move. All cases of parkinsonism now matter how it started or its cause affects the basal ganglia in the brain. The basal ganglia are responsible for controlling all movements in the body. What occurs is that the dopamine system of the basal ganglia is inhibited which causes dopamine deficiency. This deficiency will lead to:

  • Extrapyramidal rigidity or muscle stiffness
  • Tremor
  • Slowness or clumsiness also termed as bradykinesia
  • Postural instability
  • Drooling
  • Swallowing
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Psychiatric disturbance may also be present such as agitation, anxiety, and depression

Classic idiopathic Parkinson’s is the most treatable form of parkinsonism. Idiopathic means there is no known cause.

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If you think you are suffering from Parkinsonian Syndrome you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Parkinsonian Syndrome as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).