FAQs about Parkinson’s disease
There are several questions which many family members have about Parkinson’s disease. Amongst all of them, there are 8 questions which are most frequently asked:
1. Is there a Cure?
Scientists are still trying to find the perfect cure for Parkinson’s disease, however till date there have been no findings that could lead to a permanent cure for the condition. However, since the disease became famous, there has been a lot of improvement and progress in its treatment. By identifying certain symptoms and by determining the cause behind the disease, there is a possibility that the disease can be cured.
2. What causes it?
The disease is caused by progressive impairments, or the deterioration of neurons or nerve cells in a specific area, substantia nigra, of the brain. If the neurons are functioning properly, they produce and release a vital chemical known as dopamine. Dopamine serves as a messenger which lets the substantia nigra communicate with another part known as corpus striatum. Proper coordination between the two results in a balanced muscle movement. When there is not enough production of dopamine, there is abnormal nerve damage which causes the inability to control body movements.
3. Can it be prevented?
There has been no concrete discovery that suggests that Parkinson can be prevented. However, drug therapy, surgery, and other lines of treatment can make it easier to manage.
4. What are the differences between Parkinson’s disease and Tremors?
A common cause of tremor is a condition known as essential tremor. Both of the diseases, Parkinson’s and tremor are movement disorders; however, though similar in symptoms, they have different causes. In tremors, the most affected areas are the hands, arms, the head, and at times the voice of the individual. Tremors are not known to tamper with an individual’s life expectancy, nor do they encourage PD, but they may leady to several other similar disability symptoms.
5. How would I know if I should opt for Brain Stimulation?
There are many factors that need to be addressed when we talk about considering brain stimulation, deep brain stimulation that is. The disease should be discussed with a trained neurologist. One of the most basic, as well as important criteria for considering this treatment is that you will have to go through drug treatment first. If the medications are not able to control the disease, you may then ask your doctor if brain stimulation should be considered.
Living with Parkinson’s disease can be a challenge, but quality in-home care can help. Partners in Healthcare’s Florida home health care services can help your loved one manage day-to-day life with Parkinson’s disease. Contact us to find out how on www.partnersinhc.com/client-centered-care/parkinsons-disease