Parkinson’s Disease With Dizzy Spells May Be a Sign of Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension (nOH)
Parkinson’s disease, which affects an estimated 1 million Americans, is a nervous system disorder that damages the cells of the brain and nerves that control movement and progresses over time. This damage can lead to tremors, muscle rigidity, stiffness in the legs and body, and difficulties walking and keeping balanced.
Could nOH Be a Factor?
Healthcare providers say that hallmark signs of nOH, including dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision, and feeling faint after standing, can occur at any stage of Parkinson’s disease. People may believe that their nOH symptoms are part of their Parkinson's and something they have to learn to live with. It's only once a healthcare provider connects the symptoms of being lightheaded or faint after standing to a drop in blood pressure that an nOH diagnosis may be possible.
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