Coping With Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is not easy to catch or diagnose. Luckily, there has been a lot of scientific work done in order to determine some basic symptoms of the disease. To the untrained eye, it is very difficult to spot and pinpoint the disease but there are some obtrusive signs. This is the first way to cope with a loved one suffering from PD.

Symptoms

Symptoms can be divided into two groups. The primary ones include shaking, tremor, slow movements, stiffness, lack of balance, falling down etc.

Secondary symptoms are harsher and may include anxiety, depression, dementia, apathy, immobility, rigidity etc.

PD is most often diagnosed by the family physician or internist but many people wish to get a second opinion from a neurologist. This isn’t necessarily a bad idea and can often be helpful in determining the best treatment for your loved one.

Following Symptoms

PD has yet to unveil its medical history. Scientists are still on the fence about it being genetic or environmental. The most plausible answer is that both factors influence the development of the disease though probably not equally in all cases.

Keep in mind that most people who have been diagnosed were at least 60, so keep an eye out for any symptoms or indicators of PD.

Treatment

PD has a variety of different treatments. The most accurate information you can get about PD treatment will probably be a Parkinson’s center. Each person suffering from PD will require a different type of treatment.

Treatments can be surgery or medication therapy.  In milder cases, a change of lifestyle, diet, or location can be helpful. Some people start exercising regularly and get amazing results.

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Medication therapy is the most common one. There is a combination of drugs which can be taken on a daily level to help prevent further development of the disease. The medication has to be taken regularly in order to work. Also, keep in mind that this will only slow down PD and not eradicate it completely.

Additionally, there are so many different alternatives and natural ways of helping your loved ones with Parkinson’s disease. Research has shown that amino acid therapy for Parkinson’s developed by Marty Hinz can help greatly. However, the Hinz protocol may not be for everyone as it involves constant dosage modifications to supplements that can eliminate Parkinson’s symptoms. During this process, patients may experience a lot of discomfort. But when the therapy successfully ends, it provides relief. The best you can do for your loved ones is to research all the available options.

Care

The best way to cope with PD is to care for your loved one. Whether they are with the family or in a clinic, make sure they are cared for and receive understanding for their condition. Try locating a clinic which deals with a patient-centered approach and help your loved one feel comfortable.

Conditions Which Coincide

Melanoma

This is a form of skin cancer which can easily occur with PD. It is crucial that you find it early so it doesn’t develop to a lethal stage. The social group which is recorded to suffer most from this is male, Caucasian, with a family history of melanoma. Also, any person who was exposed to UV light during their life is at a higher risk of developing melanoma.

Neurogenic Orthostatic Hypotension (nOH)

This is a condition where the blood pressure increasingly drops. This is an extreme case of low blood pressure and can be felt when a person switches from sitting to standing. Heart disease can increase low blood pressure, as well as lack of hydration and certain medication.