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Understanding Parkinson’s Disease

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Have you or someone you love been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease? Like any health issue it is important to be well educated as you move into uncharted territories of your life.

Early Symptoms of Parkinson’s

According to the Mayo Clinic there are early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which include some of the following:

  • Changes in your writing – writing may become more difficult and sometimes smaller in size when you have Parkinson’s.
  • Tremors – a commonly known symptom of Parkinson’s disease is the tremors that appear throughout the body. In the early symptoms it is common for your hands to move while at rest; much like a “twitch” or “jerking” that is involuntary
  • Limited range of motion – sometimes those with Parkinson’s will notice tight or tense muscles anywhere in your body. These more rigid muscles will limit your ability to move in a full range of motion, often causing pain (I’ve had some people say that it’s much like you’ve pulled a muscle & that muscle is swollen).
  • Stooped posture – another early symptom you may notice is that you are stooped over a bit and sometimes you have a lack of balance. If you’re not as steady as you used to be, stumble, shuffle, or notice your posture has changed this could be an early sign of the disease.

Parkinson’s disease develops gradually, often with one of the symptoms mentioned above being your first sign that you have a possible problem. It is a progressive disorder of the nervous system and affects your stamina, your movements, and your speech among some other things.

 Is There a Cure?

There currently is no cure for Parkinson’s disease; however, it is usually treated with medication and sometimes even surgery. Surgery may be suggested by your physician and generally will be concentrated on a particular region of the brain; however, this is not a common treatment & will depend upon your specific case.

Resources

One of the resources that you can turn to for information and help is the National Parkinson’s Foundation. They have a multitude of information available online.

Finding in home caregiving can be one way to help with the exhaustion that often occurs with Parkinson’s. We will discuss “Living a Full Life with Parkinson’s Disease” in our next blog; giving you different options for dealing living a life that is quality filled and adaptable to the changes those with Parkinson’s may face.


 

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