Parkinson’s is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects your ability to move. Symptoms will change over the course of your life, but Parkinson’s can be managed through medications, exercise, surgery, and other therapies. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have had lived with Parkinson's for years, you are bound to have questions regarding the future.
Early on in diagnosis, and often for several years, you can expect to engage in normal or near-normal activity, with only slight modifications to the way you have always done things. Exercise is important, as is socialization. Try not to isolate yourself from those things and people you have always enjoyed because of Parkinson’s.
Medications impact the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but can also have some unexpected side effects. It is important that you track these benefits and side effects, including mood swings or fatigue, particularly when starting a new medication. Having these types of charts and being able to show reaction to your neurologist can help to determine if the dosage or type of medication is correct.
Find a Support Group that meets your needs. These groups provide an opportunity for you to share your experiences with others who are in similar circumstances. Participate in Educational Symposia or explore the possibility of becoming involved in a clinical trial.
Be proactive. Keep up on the latest and greatest in research and discuss these possibilities with your physician. Follow your physician’s orders. If you need them, request referrals for physical, speech or occupational therapy, or other specialists who can help you to live well with Parkinson’s.
There is plenty of information available about Parkinson’s, so much so that it can be overwhelming. Sometimes it's confusing knowing where to start and when to stop.
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