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By shirley On 2010.11.18 18:09
My husband's neurologist has suggested putting him in the hospital to try and regulate his medications. Has anyone had any experience with this? How long does it typically take?

To give you some background PWP was diagnosed about 12 years ago. Fell last Oct., fractured hip, was in the hospital for 5 days. Came home, had delusions and delirium for 3-4 months. His hip healed but the PD definitely kicked up a notch. He is currently on stalevo 150mg every three hours up to 7 times daily. He also takes azilect, clonazepam, seroquel, and using exelon patch and namenda for dementia.

I also forgot to mention that his autonomic system does not function very well. His blood pressure today was 171/93 and 30 minutes later was 102/71.

Thank you for any help you may be able to provide. I often think all of you on this forum are the only ones who truly understand our situation.

By LOHENGR1N On 2010.11.18 19:49
shirley, I don't personally have experience with this. It sounds almost like what they used to call a drug holiday. Where they withdraw the medications and then start to reintroduce them to find the optimum doses. This is done in a hospital because of the many side effects that might or might not occur (They want medical supervision throughout the process as a safety precaution). It used to average around two weeks. Over time and course of Parkinson's many medications are given to address specific issues and this is done to see if they are still working or even needed at present time. I believe this is what His Neurologist is talking about. If it is, I hope this helps. Take care, best of luck and hang in there.

By Emma On 2010.11.19 03:25
shirley, I don't know anything about this either, however I would check to make sure that Medicare or private insurance or whatever you have would pay for it. Right now I'm looking at a HUGE hospital bill for my husbands back surgery because Medicare and our other insurance only approved one day of a three day hospitalization. Insurances are much more picky about what they pay for now than they used to be.

By mrsmop On 2010.11.19 23:21
I was a hospital discharge planner. Law requires that the hospital needs to inform you if a hospital stay is not going to be covered. They would have to give you a form indicating such. Sorry for your problems.


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