Things to ask your doctor about Parkinson’s disease
Should you or someone that you love be diagnosed with this illness which affect the lives of millions of people around the globe, there are some things which are good to keep in mind. Of course if there has been a diagnosis, one of the best tools you can have regardless if it’s you or someone that you know that is ill, is of course knowledge. So before anything it’s good to do research and read about Parkinson’s disease, treatments and research in the area of coping and living with this illness.
When you get a chance to speak with your doctor, ensure that there are a few questions on your to ask list. Firstly of course you it’s good to ask about your individual case, and asking why you developed the illness, and what is believed to be the cause. You should discuss the treatment options available, and ask in detail about the pro’s and con’s of each one, and together find the best option for you. Here it’s especially important to ask about side effects, as it’s easy to get onto a road of wanting to always do the most effective treatment. However as Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive illness that we do not yet hold the cure for, it’s vital to keep in mind quality of life and happiness.
Make sure you ask about extra activities that might help your case, both in minimising side effects of drug treatments, and in what you can do to aid recovery and slow the progression of the disease. It’s also always good to ask your doctor about what type of support and support groups are available for you and your loved ones. What also may be good to ask about is if there are any clinical trials which may be suitable for you.