American Academy of Neurology Says…. YAAAAH! BUGS ON MY KEYBOARD!!!
Got an interesting e-mail from the “We Move” folks today. Seems that we folks with Parkinson’s disease pretty much ALL have hallucinations of some sort at 10 years into the disease.
Few PD patients do not have hallucinations after 10 years of disease progression, according to this study.
Eighty-nine PD patients were followed for 10 years. At baseline, 20 had normal sleep without hallucinations, 20 had sleep fragmentation only, 20 had vivid dreams/nightmares, 20 had hallucinations with insight, and 9 had hallucinations without insight. Follow-up evaluations were conducted at 6 months, 18 months, and 4, 6, and 10 years.
After 10 years, 62 patients were deceased or too ill to interview, while 27 were available for interview. Four patients remained without hallucinations after 10 years. Hallucination prevalence increased over time, with severity correlated with baseline hallucination status and cognition. Hallucinators had more exposure to dopamine agonists than non-hallucinators.
“The prevalence and severity of hallucinations in PD progresses over time, and few surviving patients at ten-years’ follow-up escape this disease complication,” the authors conclude.
I’m getting used to them. The other day, a chip in the enamel on my stove grew legs and crawled away. It’s kinda like being on acid, but not as much fun (from what I’ve heard).