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Parkinson’s unresponsive episodes.

Posted by @bethv, Sun, Sep 16 5:22pm

My father, 93 years old, is suffering these unresponsive episodes, not to be confused with “freezing” of gait. The episode can last two hours and we think might be related to dehydration. Why can’t I find any mention of this in any web sites that describe Parkinson’s? Only in caregiver sites have I found any information. Is no one studying this phenomenon? There may be some connection here that needs investigation.

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Hello @bethv

Welcome to Mayo Connect. I appreciate your post regarding your dad. I can understand your concern if he is unresponsive for as long as two hours. Perhaps some of our other members will respond to your question.

How long has your dad been having these episodes? If this is a new symptom? If so, has it been addressed with your dad's doctor?

I would also like to direct you to our Caregiver's discussion group, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/caregivers/. We have several members who are caregivers for aging parents and maybe someone can help answer your question. I will tag, @IndianaScott as well as @debbraw to join you in this conversation.

Thank you for the response. Yes, he has been in the ER twice for this…gets IV fluid, seems better. Once he was admitted. Once discharged from ER to home.

@bethv

Thank you for the response. Yes, he has been in the ER twice for this…gets IV fluid, seems better. Once he was admitted. Once discharged from ER to home.

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@bethv

So do the doctors feel that it is related to dehydration?

@hopeful33250

Hello @bethv

Welcome to Mayo Connect. I appreciate your post regarding your dad. I can understand your concern if he is unresponsive for as long as two hours. Perhaps some of our other members will respond to your question.

How long has your dad been having these episodes? If this is a new symptom? If so, has it been addressed with your dad's doctor?

I would also like to direct you to our Caregiver's discussion group, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/caregivers/. We have several members who are caregivers for aging parents and maybe someone can help answer your question. I will tag, @IndianaScott as well as @debbraw to join you in this conversation.

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Hi @bethv – This sounds terribly scary and I can totally understand how frustrating it must be to not be able to find information referencing this issue. I really wish I could help give you some insight but I'm not familiar with Parkinson's disease. I agree with @hopeful33250 that taking the issue to the Caregivers discussion group would be your best bet. There's such a diversity of experience and wealth of knowledge there that I bet you'll find someone who has dealt with this. Best of luck!

Hi, @bethv – wondering how things are going with your father and the unresponsive episodes? I'm guessing from what you said he has a diagnosis of Parkinson's?

Hello @bethv

I have been thinking about you and your father's symptoms as well. How is your dad feeling these days?

In a recent post a moderator was addressing the diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia and I noticed that the "staring-off" episodes as well as Parkinson's-like symptoms are closely related to Lewy Body Dementia. Here is a link to an article about this disorder. It might be helpful to read this article and then talk to you dad's neurologist about any symptoms that your dad has that might be similar.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lewy-body-dementia/symptoms-causes/syc-20352025

I look forward to hearing from you again and knowing how your dad is doing.

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