My Eye-Opening DBS “Off” Challenge

When Life Gives You Parkinson’s

My Eye-Opening DBS “Off” Challenge

Preparing for Brain Surgery to Treat Parkinson's
September 8, 2023

My Eye-Opening DBS “Off” Challenge

Hosts Larry and Rebecca Gifford are preparing for Larry’s DBS surgery scheduled for October 24, 2023. During the evaluation for DBS surgery. Larry needed to completely go off meds for at least 12 hours. The medical team tests motor symptoms while OFF levodopa and then after taking a dosage and waiting forty minutes repeat the tests. Evaluators were looking for a 40% or more difference in my motor symptoms from OFF to ON. It was truly revelatory to see just how much levodopa, the medication commonly used for Parkinson’s, impacts daily life.

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