2018-09-17

5 Tips for Loved Ones of Those with Parkinson’s Disease

The moment your loved one is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease you begin an emotional journey that likely starts with fear and bewilderment. Your first instinct may be to panic. You may be unsure of your role going forward and what you can expect. These five tips will help you adjust to life after your loved one has received a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

Educate Yourself

To calm any fears or misunderstandings you may have about the disease, the best thing you can do is learn all you can about Parkinson’s. It will help you be an asset to your loved one by recognizing symptoms and keeping medical staff well informed. Education will enable you to take a more stable approach when interacting with your family member. This helps them cope in a time where they are likely frightened as well.

Coordinate Your Family

In the later stages of Parkinson’s your loved one will need constant care. Sharing the burden among your family makes the care far easier. Decide who will be in charge of preparing food, driving to medical appointments, maintaining the household and other chores that are no longer possible for your family member to do alone during the last stages of Parkinson’s.

Have Patience

As the disease progresses, your family member will likely say and do things that are completely out of character. Learning to take a step back and not take these actions personally can spare you deep pain.

Stay In Shape

When you are responsible for the care of your loved one who suffers from Parkinson’s, it becomes an increasingly physical job as the disease progresses. You can make this easier on yourself by exercising and building up your stamina. This is a good activity to do with your loved one while they are in the early stages of the disease, as research suggests exercise can ease symptoms.

Healthy Grieving

One of the deeply difficult aspects of caring for a Parkinson’s patient, is watching the person you love slowly decline in health. People in this situation often find themselves grieving while their loved one is still alive. Be aware this is likely to happen, and allow yourself to grieve in a healthy way. Avoid using alcohol, drugs or food as a coping mechanism. Instead, try therapy or support groups.

Following these tips can help ease your way through difficult times. An early diagnosis means that your loved one has many years of relative independence in the future. Using this time gives you a good chance to plan and adjust accordingly.

2018-03-01

How To Recognize The First Signs Of Parkinson Disease?

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Parkinson disease often affects elderly people and many people fail to recognize the first signs. This is a progressive disease which influences person’s nervous system. It develops gradually and first starts with a slight tremor in one hand, which is barely noticeable. The leading cause why Parkinson disease develops is because specific nerve cells in the brain break down or die. So, if you think that some of your loved ones are affected, or you started to experience some strange symptoms, then here’s are some signs you should pay attention.

Tremor

TremorHave you ever noticed a slight shaking in your fingers, hands or chin? One of the most common characteristics or Parkinson’s disease is when you experience tremor while you are relaxing or at rest. On the other hand, shaking can be usual if you are exposed to high stress, or you have been injured. Tremor can also be caused when you take some medicines that can affect your body.

Small handwriting

When you are writing something, have you paid attention to your writing, has it become much smaller than it was in the past? You may notice that size of your letters has become smaller and chanced in some way. This is called micrographia, and it’s also one of the indications that you are in an early stage of Parkinson disease. However, as you grow old, it is normal that your writing change or your hands become stiff.

Loss of smell

Parkinson’s-disease-movingHas your sense of smell changed recently? Do you have troubles smelling foods like bananas, pickles or alcohol? If this is the case, then you should ask your doctor about Parkinson disease. On the other hand, some conditions are normal. If you have been sick for a long time, or you are a long-term smoker, then you may experience problems with scents.

Moving and walking problems

Do you often experience stiff arms and legs? Have you notices that your arms don’t swing as they did in the past? Sometimes the stiffness can go away, the longer you walk, but, if it doesn’t, it can be a sign of Parkinson’s disease. Some of the early signs can be stiffness or pain in your shoulders and hips, and people often think that their legs are stuck to the floor. However, this doesn’t have mean anything; maybe you are suffering from another disease, such as arthritis. When it comes to the bones, you should explore several options before you conclude it’s Parkinson disease.

Masked face

Masked facePeople who are starting to develop a Parkinson disease often have a masked face or minimal facial expression. You may look like you are mad all the time, or you are in a bad mood, or even depressed. In this case, when you have troubles expressing happy emotions, you should consult your doctor regarding this disease. Some medicines can cause you to have a serious face, but as soon as you stop taking drugs, you should go back to the way you were before.

2018-02-25

What Are The Stages Of Parkinson’s Disease?

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If you have a Parkinson’s disease, then you should know how your condition may unfold. Many people aren’t aware that they have Parkinson’s disease, mixing it with something else. In this case, you might want to know about the symptoms and what kind of an effect they will have on your life. There are some fundamental questions you should know the answers because Parkinson is not a basic disease and it’s hard to determine how will progress.

Why is hard to predict Parkinson’s disease?

When it comes to this disease, there are two mains symptoms you should pay attention to. One is your ability to move, and other is shaking and rigid muscles. Parkinson’s disease is often followed by symptoms of pain, loss of smell, dementia, and impairment of sleep. On the other hand, you won’t get all the symptoms at once, and you can’t predict how bad they will be, or how fast they will progress. For example, one person can have light tremors but experience severe dementia. Also, you may have significant tremors, but no additional symptoms. But, some people may experience all symptoms at once. The drugs that treat Parkinson’s disease work better for patients than others, and this is another reason what it’s hard to predict this disease.

What can you expect in the future

If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, you can expect the slow changes. The disease isn’t aggressive, and it has delayed progress. Again, it all depends on a person because it’s highly unpredictable. As the disease progresses, the symptoms become worse, and new ones appear along the way. If you are concerned about your lifespan, then rest assured because Parkinson’s doesn’t affect how long you will live. Within ten years, most people have at least one major issue, such as dementia of a physical disability.

Motor symptoms

Motor symptomsIn the beginning, tremors that happen might be mild and light, but as the disease progresses and comes into next stage, you will have a hard time leading a healthy life. If you are right-handed, it can significantly affect the quality of your life.

Mild stage – symptoms are a bother that doesn’t prevent you from doing everyday tasks. In this case, drugs work very well and keep the disease controlled. You might notice the lack of coordination between arms and legs, lack of facial expression, your legs feel heavy, handwriting getting smaller and you have stiff movement.

Moderate stage – in this stage, the diseases have progressed, and it usually happens between 3rd and 7th year. The drugs will have less and less influence. You will have troubles speaking, moving, swallowing and tremors will become severe.

Advanced stage – some people never reach this stage, but if they do, they are usually limited to a bed or wheelchair.

Five Ways To Slow Down The Progress Of Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s is a brain disease which affects the motoric functions of a person. Unfortunately, the scientists haven’t discovered the cure for Parkinson’s, yet. Early symptoms include light shaking and tremors, as well as slow physical movements. Even though some medications can help, but after some time, when the disease progresses, they start to lose the effect. But, if you have an early stage of Parkinson’s disease, and you want to slow down the progress, there are some things you can do. You just need to stick to them, regardless of your condition, in order to feel the benefits.

Exercise

ExerciseSeveral studies have shown that exercise can reduce chances of developing Parkinson’s disease later. Even people who are suffering from Parkinson’s should exercise regularly, especially in early stages of a disease. In this way, you are minimizing the effect of disease and slowing down its progress. Considering that Parkinson’s affects your motoric functions, the regular physical activity can help you significantly in preventing additional side-effects of this disease. Doing regular exercise should be your imperative, if you want to have a normal and healthy life.

Using the drugs for type 2 diabetes

Current drugs that are used for type 2 diabetes can help manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but they can’t stop the cells dying. There has been much research, and many studies have shown that this drug can slow down the progress of a disease. In this trial, half of the patients were given diabetes drugs, and the rest received a placebo. But, also, all patients stayed on their usual medication. As doctors predicted, patients who received their regular medications declined over 48 weeks, but patients who got type 2 diabetes drugs, were stable.

After the three months, the experimental treatment stopped and people who took exenatide, we still better, then people who received placebo.

Additional supplements

Additional supplementsPeople should start taking coenzyme Q10 regularly. Your recommended doses should be 100 milligrams three times a day and gradually increase up to 1200 milligrams a day.

Also, you should get a dose of vitamin E, and C. Take 400 IU vitamin E and one to two grams of vitamin C daily. Make sure to have a proper daily habit, in this case, low-calorie and low-fat, but also diet high in fruits, vegetables, and beans.

Green tea is also beneficial when combating Parkinson’s disease. You should drink at least a couple of cups every day.

2018-02-05

I’d Rather Be Sick: When The Cure Is Worse Than The Disease By Polly Volk Blitze

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According to a current television commercial, an injectable contraceptive is 99.7 percent effective. With possible side effects like decreased sexual desire, convulsions, weight: gain, fatigue, acne, problems: with eyesight, rashes, depression and hot flashes — why wouldn’t it be? How can you have sex; when you’re an overweight, tired, semi-blared, depressed woman with acne, a bad headache and an occasional seizure?

Recently; Americans have been inundated by pharmaceutical advertising on television and radio.

Has it occurred to these companies that their ads might be counterproductive, considering that their products seem to cause more problems than they cure?

medication, my symptomsThis idea first struck me when I had the flu, complete with fever, congestion and a cough. I learned that by taking one prescription flu medication, my symptoms would be relieved, but that I was at risk of developing bronchitis and other upper-respiratory infections. No, thank you, I said.

I started noticing these ads, like the one for an allergy medication that shows a vibrant woman swirling around in gorgeous pollinated gardens. Music coaxes viewers into, this daydream of sneezeless springs, until a mile-a-minute voice-over cites all of the drug’s potential; side effects and complications during clinical trials. In some cases patients can become addicted to drugs used to relieve pain and are required to seek treatment from a drug rehab facility in Colorado.

Another allergy drug claims to offer 24-hour relief. But who wouldn’t prefer itchy eyes and a runny nose to pharyngitis, coughing and nervousness? Of course, if you’re nervous, you can take a drug that claims it will calm you down, but the possibility of sweating, sexual disorders and insomnia, however some might make you even more nervous. If you need something to treat the insomnia, you can try a drug to help you sleep, but there’s a chance you’ll wake up to chills, facial paralysis and tongue discoloration. allergy drug If you suffer from persistent heartburn, talk to your doctor about the pill advertised to give you complete heartburn-relief, possibly for 24 hours. But if you might need an extra dose after reading, you could get constipated, have incessant gas, feel confused and abnormally aggressive, with an irritable colon. After a battle with those side-effects, that initial heartburn might be a relief.

If a deluge of bowel and digestive troubles isn’t enough to make you ‘lose your appetite then maybe taking a particular medication for high cholesterol would be. Its side effects include chest pain, face edema, neck rigidity, amnesia, taste perversions, deafness and, oh, yes, impotence.

side-effectsWorrying about an illness can be harrying, and learning about the side effects of its’ treatment scary, nothing would be as daunting as hearing conflicting side effect of these medications. I have seen ads waging the prospective consumer/patient of diarrhea and constipation. What should you do, stock up on; rice or prunes?

Many people under the influence of commercials tend to neglect the side-effects of certain drugs. For some medications, we no longer need to have a prescription, which can be bad for many people because they don’t know how the drug works. They just go to a pharmacy and buy it.