I may be developing DIP. I'm not sure

DIP stands for drug induced Parkinson’s disease. You can get it from taking AP’s for too many years. It is more common in aging women who have been on AP’s for years and years. That fits my description. Anyway, I have violently coarse intention tremors in my right hand when I go to do my hair in the morning. The tremors are so bad that instead of fixing my hair, I end up messing it up even worse. I cannot control the tremors at all.
I called my pdoc and he told me that he’s not sure it’s the meds causing it. It could just be regular Parkinson’s. Not drug induced. But, my pdoc prescribed Cogentin anyway twice a day. I have been taking Cogentin now for the last several days and I have not noticed any change. Maybe my pdoc is right. It’s not the meds.

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It takes some time for the cogentin to get in your system.

Remember he needs to physically see you and examine your body to see if he notices any tremors. If he can classify them and knows what you are dealing with I think he can really help you!

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I’ve only been on the Cogentin for the last three days or so.
You are right. The pdoc has not examined me yet. I got the order for the Cogentin over the phone.

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When do you next see him?

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This upcoming Feb. 1rst at 130 pm.

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That seems like soon enough to me, make sure you make the gesture so he knows, you know?

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What gesture? Trying to fix my hair?

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Yeah, that’s what I was thinking.

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Thank you, @Andrew.

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I think its about time someone else answered this topic, where is everyone?

What about @ninjastar?

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I know nothing about DIP, but I am very glad you’ll be seeing your doctor soon. I would probably try to get an even earlier appointment.

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May be an idea to see if you can take a vid with your mobile of yourself in the mirror while you are trying to comb your hair in the morning - and then maybe a second vid in the evening if it is easier to comb your hair then. This will give the pdoc useful info re the type of tremor and also the timing . Some hormones/neurotransmitters levels are higher in the morning than in the evening and this could be an important clue.

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Good idea @unaventures.

So sorry to hear this @SkinnyMe :worried:

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I have TD tardive dyskinesia I’m on benzthropine for it. Its not in my lips or mouth but my hands. I hope you get some help from your doctor.

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Sorry to hear this. I heard that Parkinson’s disease has mostly tremors when you are trying to hold still. I know this because I have a lot of intention tremors and when I first got them I was worried it was related to Parkinson’s because that is in our family. But my neurologist said that they were just intention tremors and no need to worry. I hope yours are the same!

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What part of the body were your tremors @amethyst?

My hands. I would try to do my soldering (electronics was my hobby at the time), and my hands would shake so bad I would loose the drop of solder.

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That’s the way I am. When I go to fix my hair, my hands and my whole head and neck shake violently. I hope it’s not TD or Parkinsons.

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Never had my neck shake, that’s yucky. Just the hands.