Parkinson’s is a neuro-degenerative disease that results from the loss of brain cells that produce dopamine, an important chemical in the nerve cell network. Dopamine is responsible for transmitting impulses throughout the brain and is essential for its normal function. As this chemical is destroyed in the brain, symptoms of Parkinson’s become apparent. In the beginning, Parkinson’s symptoms are generally mild and may be treated with medication. However, as the disease progresses, these symptoms can progress to be disabling.
Parkinson’s symptoms may include tremors, poor balance, rigidity, bladder control and difficulty with speech. Some sufferers also experience slow movements and uneven gait. The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease develop slowly, and they can vary in degree depending on the severity of the disease. In some cases, Parkinson’s symptoms may include early warning signs such as wobbling and shaking of the hands and arms or even dropping of weight.
Parkinson’s symptoms often begin on one side of the body and later spread to the other side of the body. Parkinson’s can have different manifestations in each stage of its development, but in general, Parkinson’s symptoms appear like those of Parkinson’s disease: loss of balance, stiffness of muscles, rigidity, difficulty speaking and walking. Sometimes, Parkinson’s symptoms take the form of non-specific side effects such as stiffness of muscles, facial swelling, nausea, irritability and loss of appetite.
Though researchers have not yet determined what causes Parkinson’s, they believe there is a genetic component. Parkinson’s symptoms may also be due to environmental factors such as stress, chemicals, tobacco smoke and air pollution. Parkinson’s symptoms can also be caused by viral infections such as West Nile virus, herpes and shingles. It is important to note that early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are similar to symptoms seen in other nervous system disorders such as attention deficit disorder (ADD) and depression. The symptoms seen in Parkinson’s disease are often difficult to diagnose and, in some cases, they can go unnoticed until a substantial amount of time has passed since the onset of Parkinson’s disease. The fact that symptoms may not be apparent at an early age makes diagnosing Parkinson’s disease more difficult.
A physical examination, however, can provide the basis for suspecting Parkinson’s disease. A brain scan or nerve conduction study can reveal abnormal activity in the brain. In addition, an MRI can identify where in the brain the abnormal activity is taking place. One of the earliest early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease is wobbling when one steps or faces too much movement. These early symptoms are also seen in patients with other nervous disorders and diseases.
In order to help control Parkinson’s symptoms, your doctor may prescribe medications. In some cases, anti-depressant drugs may be prescribed as a therapy to help control involuntary movements. In more severe cases, your doctor may suggest anti-convulsants or anti-anxiety medications. In addition, medications used to treat depression can also help control some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Another treatment option, your doctor may consider is deep brain stimulation. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) involves using medical grade devices to deliver electrical signals to certain areas of the brain to treat Parkinson’s disease and other mental disorders. This treatment option involves using electrodes attached to your head and scalp to send small electrical impulses to specific brain cells. The electrical impulses are not visible to the patient but are felt by the brain.
Although medications can help ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, they will not cure the disease. Because of this, your doctor may recommend other options you can use to manage and control your Parkinson’s. Discuss these options with your doctor and weigh the benefits of these treatments to see if they can provide relief from your symptoms. Additionally, your doctor may want to give you therapy to help you cope with your disease.
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