If you’re one of the million or so people in the U.S. living with Parkinson’s disease, your doctor has probably given you the information you need to identify and treat symptoms. Yet there are some things your doctor may not tell you about the chronic, progressive condition. Having a full understanding of what’s involved with Parkinson’s can help you develop a better plan to manage the condition.
1. Parkinson’s Medications Can Have Severe Side Effects
Dopamine agonist drugs often prescribed to treat tremors may have severe side effects worse than symptoms such drugs are supposed to treat. Some patients experience insomnia, obsessive-compulsive behavior, or uncontrolled movements and twitching.
2. It Takes Time to Find an Effective Treatment Combination
There are many medications that can treat symptoms associated with Parkinson’s in addition to carbidopa and levodopa. It’s often a trial and error process until the right combination is found to effectively manage symptoms.
3. Not All Neurologists Specialize in PD
Your doctor will likely refer you to a neurologist to deal with motor issues associated with Parkinson’s. El Dorado County elder care professionals recommend doing a little research and search for one that specializes in movement disorders.
4. Exercise Is Important
Since PD affects muscles, regular movement is important. As the condition progresses, exercises can be adjusted to your abilities. For instance, water aerobics can offer the same benefits of vigorous exercise without excessive muscle strain.
5. Support Groups Can Help
Input from others is critical when it comes to finding the emotional support you’re likely to need. Search for a local group, or an online group if you can’t find one close to you, with members within your age range who can directly relate to the challenges you face.
6. You’ll Likely Benefit from Physical Therapy
PT is highly personalized, so you’re likely to benefit from regular sessions as your condition advances. A good therapist will also monitor symptoms and try a variety of techniques to find the right combination that works for you.
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