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Friday, December 30, 2011

Learning the Parkinson's Disease Lingo

It won't be easy and the words are hard to pronounce, but you will be a better Parkinson's Disease patient if you learn the medical lingo, so here is an easy lesson.  I will try my best to make it fun and add some humor.

ON - when the medicine IS working and your symptoms are better

OFF - when the medicine is NOT working or has worn off 

TREMORS - those shaking body parts 

RIGIDITY - when you feel like you are in a body cast

DYSTONIA (dis TOE nee uh) - those severe cramps you get 

BRADYKINESIA -(BRADY ki NEE zee uh) like you are in slow motion

DYSKINESIA - (dis ki NEE zee uh) those rhythmic movements (like Michael J Fox) that are a side effect of the dopamine meds

POSTURAL INSTABILITY - when you are stooped over or can't maintain your balance (help, I've fallen and I can't get up)

MASKING - when your face no longer shows emotion

Don't worry about not pronouncing them correctly, just do the best you can.  I'll write a song about them, like the song from Mary Poppins:  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious  Once we sang along with her, everyone could pronounce it! 

Song written.  Here it is, words go along with the song, so sing along with me and we'll be Learning the Parkie Lingo together, plus singing is good therapy for our voices.

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Thank you for reading this story, I hope you enjoyed it. This is just one of a hundred stories in my book, Parkinson's Humor - Funny Stories about My Life with Parkinson's Disease. Please consider purchasing a copy from or your favorite online book seller. Thank you and have a Happy Parkie Day!


  1. National Parkinson Foundation
    Karaoke time! Learn Parkinson's Lingo with Bev Ribaudo's catchy jingle.

  2. Thank you :-) Wish my dad whom died of Parkinson's was here to hear this and as his caregiver it would have been good for me to hear as well - keep the video coming. Joan

  3. Thank you! Loved it! I will show this to my mother and I'm sure she will love it too. :-) Maria

  4. Great jingle, Bev. Thanks so much, I'm going to share it with our support group. :o) Rebecca

  5. Bev, you amaze me always. You are a bright light to all. I am sharing. Thank you. Linda G

  6. Bev, thank you so much for having the courage to write - it really does help.

  7. Bev, you are making me a Happy Parkie! Thank you
    Keep up the good humor!

  8. Good job Bev as always!
    Dr. Maria DeLeon

  9. Fantabulous, Bev!! Got us all singing it :)

  10. You have been a big help with the terminology. Thank you. I also enjoy your sense of humor.