Finding your way in today’s world can seem like a confusing endeavor at best. Now, picture trying to do that after you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. After the initial shock of the diagnosis, all sorts of unknowns and questions can race through your mind. It must seem like an impossibility, but there is hope. We here at HPFY might be able to answer some of these questions that you may have and help you succeed while living with Parkinson’s disease.
I’m sure you have heard of Parkinson’s disease, but do you truly understand what it is and what those who have been diagnosed with it must now deal with? Basically, Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder that progressively attacks the nervous system. Typically, symptoms start gradually with tremors (usually in one hand) and can progress to stiffness or slowing of movement. These symptoms worsen as the condition progresses over time. As with many other things, symptoms can vary between patients. The Mayo Clinic identifies some of the signs/symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and they include:
Parkinson’s disease is the result of nerve cells called neurons in the brain breaking down and dying and the loss of these neurons diminish the production of dopamine in the brain. Abnormal brain activity is linked to these diminished levels of dopamine. Unfortunately, the cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown, but there are some factors that may play a role and these can include genetics and environmental factors.
We all know the negatives associated with Parkinson’s disease, but how and what can we do in order to live a productive life with this disease? Along with a number of support groups, there are some medical aids that can help you or your loved one maintain a semblance of their quality of life. Some of these include:
Being successful while living with Parkinson’s disease may seem like a pipe dream. It turns out that just a little bit of planning and understanding of what is available can make things more manageable. Work with your physical therapist, who understand your limitations, and design a home environment that allows you to maintain some independence and extend your quality of life.
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Kevin Cleary has been a Health Products For You contributor for many years and has a degree in marketing. His health and wellness journey has a very personal meaning and has guided him in his content writing for HPFY.
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