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PD Pop Quiz II

Monday November 01, 2021

Here it is, the return of the PD pop quiz! This is your chance to let stress aggravate your symptoms as you pit your PD knowledge against a battery of Parkinson’s stumpers. You can’t expect to cope well with something you don’t know much about. This test will give you a sense of where you are in the Parkinson’s knowledge spectrum. 

 

  1. Fill in the blank: Parkinson’s Disease is recognized by three cardinal Symptoms __________, __________, and ___________.
  2. Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease far into two main categories, ______________, and ____________
  3. List as many symptoms from the first category as you can, (one point for each correct symptom, two points for really obscure correct symptoms) 

___________________, _________________, ________________, 

________________, ____________________, _________________,

__________________, __________________.  __________________ 

(Continue on another sheet of paper if you need it.)

 

4) True or false: Damn! That’s a boatload of symptoms! ______.

 

5) Now list as many symptoms from the second category as you can (one  point for each correct symptom, two points for really obscure correct symptoms) ______________, ___________, __________, _________________, ________________, ____________,  ______________, _______________  (Continue on another sheet of paper if you need it) 

 

6) True or false: Damn! That’s depressing! _______  

 

7) True or false: A person can have Parkinson’s Disease without exhibiting all of the symptoms. _________    

 

8)  True or false: Parkinson’s is curable. ___

 

9)  True or false: Damn! That’s depressing! _____

 

10)  True or false: Parkinson’s Disease is treatable. _____

 

11) True or false: Whew! That’s a relief! ______

 

12)  Fill in the blank: If possible, you should have your Parkinson’s disease treated by ________________

 

13) True or false: There are worse things than Parkinson’s ____

 

14) Fill in the blank:  Name them ________, ______, __________, On second thought…

 

15) …Let’s not make this into a pathetic contest in a misguided attempt to make ourselves feel better, forget about naming them.

 

16) Fill in the blank: Parkinson’s is caused by _______________

 

17) True or false: Parkinson’s Disease is a disease of the elderly ___

 

18) True or false:  Are you sure? ____

 

19) True or false: Exercise is good for Parkinson’s Disease ___

 

20) Fill in the blank: Done properly, forced exercise can reduce motor symptoms by up to ______%

 

21) True or false: There is no genetic component to Parkinson’s Disease. __________

 

22) True or false: You can catch Parkinson’s Disease by having an infected person sneeze on you. ________

 

23) True or false: Parkinson’s Disease is the fastest growing neurological disease in the world. ________

 

24) True or false: Parkinson’s Disease is like experiencing the bad parts of being drunk without the good parts. ______

 

25) True or false: It’s better to spend money shooting billionaires into space than on finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease. ________

 

 

 

ANSWERS

 

  1. Resting tremor, rigidity, slowness of movement (bradykinesia)

 

  1. Motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms.

 

3)     Tremor; slowness of movement; stiffness of muscles; muscle cramping (dystonia); tiny handwriting (micrographia); Postural instability, (reduction of ability to balance); Shuffling gait; facial masking; Difficulties with speech; difficulties with swallowing; drooling; bent posture; akinesia, absence of of movement, (Two points for this answer);  hypokinesia, the loss of momentum or force in movement, (two points for this answer); reduced fine motor skills; reduced gross motor skills; Pain, without an obvious cause; decrease in natural arm swing when walking

 

4) True

 

5) Depression; apathy; cognitive problems, such as difficulty with word-finding; memory problems; distractibility; fatigue; sleep disturbance; anxiety; degradation of sense of smell; constipation; urinary urgency; sexual dysfunction, orthostaic hypotension, lightheadedness or fainting when rising to standing position; drooling; hallucinations (two points for this answer); skin problems (Two points for this answer) problems multitasking; slowness of thought (bradyphrenia)

 

6) True

 

7) True

 

8) Trick question, we don’t know, but probably true, although the answer for the present is false

 

9) True

 

10) True

 

11) True

 

12) A fellowship-trained movement disorder neurologist

 

13) True

 

14) 3 free points here

 

15) One free point here

 

16) Nobody knows

 

17) False

 

18) True or false (Another free point!)

 

19) False, exercise is good for the patient, not the sickness

 

20) 35%

 

21) False

 

22) False

 

23) True

 

24) True

 

25)  False. although there is no reason we can’t try to do both

 

 

Scoring:

 

95-105: PD Pro. You know your stuff

 

85-95: PD semi-pro. You know your stuff but aren’t yet at the big time

 

75-85: PD amateur. You know a little about Parkinson’s Disease, but at;east that’s more than most people

 

65-85: PD Dabbler, you really should know more about the fastest-growing neurological disorder 

 

55-65: PD beginner. Well at least you’re not alone

 

55 or less: PD ? That’s Patty Duke?

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