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Parkinson’s disease is a condition of the brain that will progressively worsen over a long period of time. The disease comes with a range of different issues, including physical and psychological, this includes depression, having troubles sleeping (otherwise known as insomnia), having trouble remembering things and losing their sense of smell, which is called Anosmia. There are loads of different symptoms that are connected with Parkinson’s disease ­ all of which differ from person to person as well as the severity of each.

 

Parkinson's disease 1Now, its very unlikely for a person suffering with the disease to have many of these symptoms, but they may/will have some of them. Parkinson’s disease is usually found in middle age and elderly people. With Parkinson’s disease there are three main symptoms. These are ­ Uncontrollable shaking, which usually starts in the hand or arm, the likelihood of this happening is when the limb is at rest.

Secondly, another symptom is called Bradykinesia ­ Which is the slowness of movement which makes physical movements slower, making everyday tasks more difficult than usual. The final main sign of the disease is Muscle Stiffness and tension in the muscles. Making it harder to move around and also make facial expressions. This can lead to cramps that are quite painful.

As mentioned before, these symptoms will all differ in severity. There are other symptoms as well as these ones which you can read online if you’re concerned about your health or the health of a loved one.

Roughly 127,000 people in the UK have been diagnosed which is most commonly found in people over 50 but people who are younger can get it too!

A quite recent story about an actor called Michael J Fox ­ Who starred in a popular movie called Back to the Future as Marty Mcfly in 1985 who also has Parkinson’s disease tried on the first pair of “self lacing shoes”. He was diagnosed at the age of just 29 and has been living with it since. The scientific side of Parkinson’s Disease.

The reason people develop this disease is because they haven’t got enough of a chemical called dopamine, this is because certain nerve cells in their brain have died. It’s yet to be proven why these cells actually die. Dopamine functions as a neurotransmitter which is a chemical substance that will transmit an impulse from one nerve to either nerve, organ, muscle or different tissue. It basically acts as a messenger for the body. Dopamine is also connected with another brain disorder called schizophrenia and ADHD.

Other than helping with the nervous system it is also used in blood vessels, the kidneys, the pancreas, the digestive system and the immune system. Dopamine is created by brain cells called neurons, in the human brain. These types of neurons that create dopamine are more concentrated in a certain part of the brain called the substantia nigra. Which is located roughly in the middle of the brain. The substantia nigra is the part of the brain that plays a role in movement, addiction and reward.

It is the cells in this area of the brain that die which cause a lack of dopamine, which is also why one of the main symptoms is based on movement, stiffness. And why one of the other symptoms is depressions, due to not being able to feel rewarded. Ways to reduce the risk of getting the disease. Due to the cause of Parkinson’s disease being unknown, prevention to the disease will continue to remain a mystery. However, some research has shown that caffeine (found in tea, coke, coffee), Green Tea and Aerobic exercise has been shown to help prevent Parkinson’s disease.

Surprisingly, smoking is also found to help prevent Parkinson’s disease ­ however its not recommended due to the amount of other health issues associated with smoking. Going into detail about the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. As described before, the severeness of Parkinson’s will differ from person to person and doesn’t come in an exact order, they wont get every single one of these symptoms but they may/will get a few of these. Balance issues ­ this is a more serious symptom because they are more likely to have a fall and injure themselves. Nerve pain ­ this can differ from a burning sensation, coldness or numbness. Problems with urination ­ this means having to get up frequently to go to the bathroom or involuntary urination (unintentionally passing urine). Dizziness ­ Blurred Vision or fainting ­ when either moving from a sitting down or lying down position to a standing position. This is caused by a drop in blood pressure.

With Parkinson’s disease there are a few mental symptoms as well as the physical. Here is a small list of some of the symptoms: Depression and Anxiety, having problems sleeping, memory issues and having trouble with something that requires planning. Another mental issue that may arise is Dementia, which is a symptom that is involved with an ongoing decline of the brains abilities ­ slowing down thinking speed and affecting memory, understanding and judgment.

Are you suspecting that someone you know have Parkinson’s disease

If you think that someone in your family is showing signs of this very common illness, there are only good reasons to ensure that the person is aware, and get themselves checked out. The reason we bring this up, is simply as often, the person afflicted is the last one to notice. The disease is often a gradual onset, and a slow one at that. Making it difficult to detect for oneself. In most cases there is no need for emergency treatment with Parkinson’s disease, so booking in for an appointment with a doctor is sufficient. The common symptoms for the illness are shakes in the hands, a lowered ability in motor functions and often a change in the fine motoric of the person. If the person you know have changed tone in voice, or their style in handwriting, often to smaller writing, it’s a tell tale sign of the disease.

Parkinson's Disease signs

What is good to keep in mind is also what to think about before the time of the appointment with the doctor comes is to write down any other changes that you might have noticed. And if there are any questions in your mind, it’s always good to have these on paper so that nothing important is left out. There is no reason for direct panic should a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease become reality, there are many treatment methods out there, and although there may be changes of life and lifestyle to be implemented. You can be rest assured that many live long and active lives even with the illness. On top of that there is much support to be found out there, both for those suffering from the illness and for their loved ones, as well as for the ones who are caregivers.

Caring for someone

If you are a carer of someone  you will notice as time progresses it will get increasingly more difficult for the patient to do every day tasks, this means he will rely on you more and more as time goes on, the main thing to do is to try and let them be independent and give them time to do their own tasks. Thanks to Parkinson’s sponsor Locksmiths Ealing. When someone is diagnosed it can be especially hard on the emotional side, so you will be there for support and be able to let them rely on you. Another main issue with people having with caring for someone is keeping on top of the medication, this can be a daunting task because you need to take the medication in exactly the right amount at specific times of the day, if you don’t feel comfortable with this contact a GP or a pharmacist who can help guide you through the correct measures and anything else that may be bothering you.

Tell-Tale signs

It’s always good to know the early tell-tale signs.  Simple due to the fact that should you or someone you know have this illness, the earlier you notice the better the treatment options. It ia a chronic and progressive illness, which is known for the typical symptoms tremors, diminishing motor functions which can often be seen in an effected persons staggered walk and difficulty with balance. Other symptoms also related in its later stages are dementia and depression. The last mentioned is also often found in patients long before they are diagnosed.

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Symptoms to look out for if you are in suspicion that you, or someone that is close to you has this illness are tremors, shaking of the hands, arms or legs. This shaking can be isolated to one side of the body or display on both sides. Worsening balance and difficulty walking, Patients often have a staggered walk and a hunched over posture. If there is changes in a person’s tone of voice or handwriting this is also an indication of change in motor functions.

If you notice one or more of the above mentioned symptom in yourself or someone you know, please ensure that you get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible. Lastly what is also worth including in this information is that although it is a serious and we do not know the exact cause, nor do we have a cure for it, it’s still something that many live with without major change or disruption to their quality of life. There are of course milder and more severe cases of the illness, however if you catch it early, the chances are better that a treatment which is optimal for the individual in question is found.

The need for highly individual treatment plans for Parkinson’s disease patients

pd trials levendopa chemical structureWhen it comes to treatment methods, the most common and widely used it’s a drug treatment. However with Parkinson’s Disease, due to the highly individualist characteristics, progression and reaction to drugs every treatment has a high level of need for individualisation to the patient in question. And due to the nature of the disease, and how it effects the patients and the patients body and life, it’s important to understand that the treatment is not only a pill to cure an illness, but also a change in way of life to ensure that the best can be made of the situation. With physical therapy, counselling, support group networks and medicine the life of those diagnosed today can be managed in a good way. Thanks to january sponsor Locksmith Camden. This means that the well being of the person in question can often be found and retained, however as a work in progress. And like any treatment it doesn’t work without the full backing, cooperation and involvement of the patient and the carers involved.

Due to the mental effects of the disease and the drug treatments it’s important to ensure that work takes place to keep the mind in good health. Other treatment options, which are not as widely available at the time are brain surgery of different kinds and a row of different clinical trials, and of course other alternative treatment methods. Although there is usually no discouragement to make use of alternative treatment methods, it’s important that they are in line with the clinical ones, and although the mind has the greatest impact on the body, medical science is certainly something not to be ignored.

The bigger picture

keeping the bigger piture in mindA natural part of the human condition is to want to be a part of something, and it’s no secret that taking a bigger image, or taking action which bring about a larger perspective is something which is enriching and expanding in many ways for anyone.

The reason to us bringing up such a thing today, is that in situations where there is something difficult to deal with the support around us become highly important.

Not only in order to handle the physical difficulties and suffering that comes with a diagnosis of yourself or someone you know. But also in the dealing with and getting used to the changes which has to occur. For most patients, if not all, the combination of both physical treatment and therapy to deal with the illness is the most effective, and from the internal perspective then it’s often also useful for the patient to see more clearly a larger image. Feeling as if they are part of something bigger something which extends beyond our physical existence and our thoughts. This way of seeing often removes some of the importance that we place on our own existence.

There are close to eight billion people on the planet today, many of which do not have the luxury of care for disease, it may be difficult, however seeing oneself lucky and counting one’s blessings, holding hope and bringing into the fame of thought the larger image may be of great benefit both to physical and mental wellbeing. This not only true for the patient, but anyone else who may be deeply involved with the situation.

So keeping strong, and keeping a whole in mind will perhaps also help you if you are currently struggling in dealing with this intrusive disease. There are many support groups and charities out there with whom you will find support and help with all you need to deal with things in the best possible way.

In search of a cause

in search of a cureIf there is one thing that can be said about this particular disease is that much of the why, how and when are under an opaque veil currently. Because symptoms often display at a late stage of progression in both life and of the disease, it’s hard to tell where it comes from or why any one particular person becomes affected. There is little to support it being hereditary, and there are few factors that are common between those who have been diagnosed. There are of course some things currently known, such as high exposure to toxic environments heightens risk, for example the stay in environments with pesticides and herbicides, additionally what is also known are that there are a few things which help prevent the illness, or at least the progression and the symptoms. These are things such as exercise both on the mental plane and in the physical realm. The low levels of dopamine production, a brain hormone which is involved with the brains rewards centre is involved when it comes to the disease, and doctors often prescribe both physical and mental exercises to slow the disease down.

Here of course the team is in support of the search for a cause, and hopefully some day a cure, and hope that you share this ambition. If you do there are many organisations which support the research on the subject, and the chances and opportunities to get involved are out there. If you would like to know more about this topic, please feel free to have a look around on the website here, make use of search engines online, and if there are any direct questions of feedback that you would like to share with us please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Classification

classifications of the diseaseParkinson’s Disease is a type of Parkinsonism, which is a name used for a group of disorders which will have the same or very similar symptoms manifesting. The vast majority of Parkinsonism is that what we see and commonly refer to as Parkinson’s disease. A small portion of patients get diagnosed with Parkinson’s plus syndrome, or PPS for short, which is a more severe type. Other than the shakiness there may also be symptoms of twitching and jerking of the hands, and other symptoms include progressive dementia and at times hallucinations and inability to move.

In sever cases there can also be changes in personality changes and a difficulty to focus the eyes for the patient. As stated often, if you are suspecting that you or someone that you know are affected by this malady, please ensure that you contact your doctor at your next convenience.

You will most likely not need urgent treatment as it is a low progressing disease, and often it’s not the actual disease that causes reduced longevity but the combination of symptoms. Each case is different and has a different level of severity, the most important thing is that the right treatment is found and started as soon as possible. Although there is no cure for the disease today there are great advancements in drug and surgery treatments, and with the right steps taken and the right help found a long and wholesome and valuable life most likely awaits despite a diagnosis.

However, if you think you or someone you know is affected, also keep in mind that there are a long row of medical conditions which cause similar symptoms, and there is no reason to worry until you have ensured that you have seen your doctor.

Life expectancy

life expectancy a difficult but present questionOne of the harder questions no doubt faced should a diagnosis of this illness be had, is that difficult question which haunts most people at some point in their life regardless. The question of death is one that comes with life, and when one is given the results from a doctor it is more present than in most scenarios. This illness is one where both the symptoms and the progression of the illness are highly individual to the patient in question. It is not the actual disease which is fatal, but related symptoms is what can be the cause of a shorter lifespan. Accurate general predictions are difficult also due to the other variable factors involved, such as age, gender, how severe the condition is and so forth. Patients who are female tend to live longer, they are also at lower risk of diagnosis over all, and of course mild forms are easier to control and handle.

One of the high risk’s to take into account should you know someone who has been diagnosed, and something which is much more common than believed, is the risk of falls. These can be fatal, and with a much higher risk of losing balance for a person with diminished motor functionality it’s not a risk to be taken lightly.

In current times of course research is being conducted in a multitude of ways, and with advancement the treatments are getting better, what is still sadly a factor is the access to treatment. Although this is a point which is also improving, persons who can afford private care will still also have a better chance at a longer life than others.

Worried that you might have PD?

worried facial expression never delay seeing your doctorA question which occurs commonly, especially for those who are going into their senior years are with relating to independence and illness, it’s natural as with age we are getting closer and closer to that not often spoken about but inherently known something which can be defined as the end. A relatively large part of the elderly population, with several million cases around the globe succumb to this wide spread and well known disease.

Despite this, there are still no set causes determined, and no cure as of yet. Although that not saying that the medical research in the area is not rocketing forward. If you are worried about your own mental and physical health and think that you might be displaying some of the most common symptoms for the illness. Shakiness, tremors, difficulty with balance, motor function, digestion and depression, then it’s important that you seek medical attention. A diagnosis is not the doom it once was, and although those who live with the illness have to make changes to their lives and their daily routine, many live until old age without suffering severe symptoms until very late in life.

Although a suspicion that you might have the disease is something which you must get checked up as soon as possible, sufferers of the disease most commonly are not in need of urgent medical attention, however the sooner the issue is know the sooner one can work with medication and learn about life with the illness and how to prepare to avoid issues like falls, and find the assistance needed should there be diminished motor function halting day to day activities and removing the independence of the patient. If you have any reason to suspect you have PD, please ensure that you get in touch with your doctor at your next available convenience and get checked up.

A spreading malady

a spreading maladyAlthough many aspects of this illness, including much of what causes it and what could permanently cure it are still under a vail of darkness. What is known however is just how widespread it is, and as it seems it is spreading further. This also is not something easily places, and one could argue that there is a relation to the higher life expectancy of the average person. However, no matter the cause, the statistical facts remain and more cases are reported every year. In the numbers one can also safely assume that there is a big dark number of persons afflicted by the illness that never reports it or gets diagnosed. For the team here the only good way to move forward is to be aware of what is going on, and if you can support the organisations and the research which support the ones struggling with the disease and those who’s are spends their passion and dedication on research to find a way to abolish this disease.
If you know someone who has been diagnosed you may be familiar with the difficulties around finding specific causes as well as the big changes in life which will happen for the ill person and the people in their surroundings. Providing charitable financial support is desperately needed, and if you can do so there are many ways in which to engage. Of course even if you are in a difficult financial situation yourself there are always other options to help, volunteering and helping with fundraising is always something greatly appreciated, perhaps most of all by the people who are receiving the help they need, at the most crucial time. Feel free to get in touch with any questions you have for the team here, and stay tuned.

Finding a new routine and a new way of life with Parkinson’s Disease

parkinsons disease coping with illnessLike with any major change in your life, getting diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease is not something easy to deal with. And as with all changes in life it’s not something which one can adapt to quickly. Patience, and letting go of comparison with the past is something which needs to be given attention. That which most persons who are living and coping well with Parkinson’s disease today pay testament to as one of the most important features to manage to cope with the new situation is to ensure that the support needed is there.

This includes of course finding support groups which are dealing with similar situations, and also remembering that there is no reason for you to deal with this situation alone. There is great strength in asking for help with coping, meaning that there should never be a barrier on this point. If you have been diagnosed with the illness, or if you have been appointed carer for a person with Parkinson’s disease, it’s important to know that you are not alone. The disease is widespread, and if you ask your doctor or search online you will find the help you need. It’s important not to let unhappiness build up under the surface due to the illness, dealing with change is always difficult, however it will be much easier to see clearer when speaking with those who have or are going through a similar situation.

If you have any questions, never be afraid to ask, it’s far better to ask too many questions than to few, and no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, by finding an answer or resolution with the problem, it will give great relief in any pressured situation.

Parkinson’s disease changes your life, but in no way ends it

If you know someone who has been diagnosed with the disease recently there are a few factors which can be good to be aware of, this especially if that someone is a person which is close to you. Finding out that someone close to you, which you care for and love is inflicted with Parkinson’s disease can indeed be a frightening ordeal, however it’s important to remember that in the current day there are many effective treatment options.

Not to forget about the mental symptoms of the disease

mental disturbances and symptomsWhen thinking about it, it’s easy to forget that the disease is not something which only manifests in physical symptoms, there are also a whole row of issues that touch the mental sphere of things. Should you suspect that someone you know, or perhaps that you yourself are inflicted, considering these points may help your case, and perhaps nudge you into getting checked at your local doctors office.
The physical symptoms are commonly known, tremors, shakiness, balance issues and so forth are all part of what a patient may display. What happens inside the mind however is of a more vague nature, and hard for anyone but the patient to see and understand. One of the most common mental issues which is adjacent is that of mood issues, specifically depression and anxiety. Of course this is very difficult to detect both from the inside and from the outside, what may be noticed is that increased sleepiness during the day is often present. There may also be issues with recording things, as in ability in cognition may be diminished, and the cause is usually a range of different factors all together. With untreated illness and progression of the disease these symptoms can worsen, and what happens for some patients is a more severe form of dementia. This is far more likely if one does not also stick to the mental health scheme which is put together by the doctor. Some say that the mind is like a muscle, and without practice it will also degenerate just like the muscles in the body do.

Dealing with change

dealing with change can be difficultThere are many new cases of Parkinson’s every day in the western world alone, this not taking into account the large dark number of unreported and unrecorded cases. Making it a major concern for anyone living today. Like with cancer and other widespread illnesses, it is likely that you know someone or will know someone inflicted with the disease. If you are someone who has recently found out about your own conditions, it’s understandable that there are many changes which are occurring in your life. And change alone is something which is inevitably difficult to handle. The team here wishes to bring some encouraging words, which you hopefully find wise and helpful to your situation, regardless of your relation to the illness.

If your current life situation has changed, it’s important to remember that changes will always happen, and it comes in all varieties and forms. Life is not the predictable line we may have thought it is as our younger selves. Change is often unexpected, and with it comes a difficult challenge to adapt. It important to keep in mind that things take time to settle, in the body, in the mind, and with patience and perseverance faith must be held that new light will arrive.

Changes, especially of the difficult kind, are also a chance to grow. Gaining a different perspective, especially in very difficult circumstances, can breed new life, stronger and more flourishing than ever before. And lastly, one of the hardest things which is a must when it comes to such a topic, acceptance. Of life and life situation, only from here can things be seen objectively, neutrally and from the outside of a tunnel of suffering.

How you can minimise your own risk

find balance and avoid toxins to minimise riskThere are no known direct causes to this enigma of diseases. Research in mass is being carried forward, and with the diagnosis becoming more and more common so also the pressures to find better treatments and eventually a cure is also rising. If you wish to help in the diligent research of those who are working in the field you have many options of great charitable organisations which are both dedicated to the search for a cure, as well as for finding and giving opportunity to those who need support in their struggle to find it.

Today we would like to bring you a bit of information about good practices which have been deduced from what we know about the disease, even if there is no one cause, there are factors identified which can play a big role in the development of the disease.

Staying clear of toxins, chemicals, pesticides and so forth is the number one thing to do and ensuring that you keep a healthy diet is also essential. Plus it’s also something that will help your mental and physical health in a multitude of ways. Making sure that your iron intake is regulated is also a recommendation which goes around, too little iron may be bad news, but too much can have potentially devastating consequences. This same recommendation comes with magnesium, and ensuring that there is enough is important, but regulating to prevent there being too much is essential.

If you have any questions for the team here, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.