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I am just a guy with Parkinson’s Disease. This is my page and these are my experiences! I am so glad that you could take the time to stop by and visit my site! If you are a loved one are living with Parkinson’s Disease, I encourage to you keep on facing each new challenge with courage.
My motto is “Keep on!” – meaning: keep on…having the hope, the strength, and the courage to face each challenge every day!
About Parkinson’s Disease:
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a movement disorder involving the central nervous system which is progressive and currently incurable. The cause of it is unknown, but what is known is that dopamine (a neurotransmitter partially responsible for movement and pleasure) is destroyed in a part of the brain. The destruction of dopamine produces symptoms such as tremor, stiffness (rigidity), slowness of movement, and difficulty walking. Later in the course of the disease, thinking, swallowing, and other problems may occur.
There are many symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and there are many similar or related disorders. Parkinson’s Disease can also cause dementia. PD usually presents after the age of 50, but can occur earlier (such as in Young Onset Parkinson Disease – what I had happen). The disease was named after an English doctor, James Parkinson, who described the disease in an essay in 1817, describing it as a “shaking palsy”. Parkinson’s Disease is diagnosed by a neurologist and often followed by a special type of neurologist who specializes in movement disorders – called a “movement disorder specialist” or “MDS”. Treatments for PD include medication(s) that: replace dopamine, stimulate the production of dopamine, or meds which attempt to make more dopamine available in the brain.
There are also surgical techniques such as deep brain stimulation (DBS) to help the person with Parkinson’s function better. At this time there is no known cure for the disease. The disease also impacts suffers in unique ways and with varying rates of progression. Some people who have Parkinson’s Disease do not have tremors – for them the stiffness/rigidity and slow movements are predominant. Some contemporary famous individuals known for having Parkinson’s Disease include actor Michael J. Fox and boxer Muhammad Ali. In short, Parkinson’s Disease impacts movement, sleep, speech, balance, writing, typing, driving, emotions, and can majorly hinder one’s current quality of life – and it will progressively get worse. In other words, Parkinson’s is not much fun. Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and the information above (which came from various sources) does not constitute medical information, nor medical advice.
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