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Five Myths About Parkinson’s Disease

There are many myths about Parkinson’s disease but here are five myths I would like people to know about:

Myth #1: Parkinson’s is an older person’s disease

Although Parkinson’s predominantly strikes people who are older, there are people younger than 50 or 60 who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s! My husband was diagnosed when he was 23 years old. He’s been living well with Parkinson’s for over 30 years.

Myth #2: All people with Parkinson’s have a tremor

Parkinson’s is a neurological disease, which can potentially affect ALL parts of the body. The neurological system is how the body communicates so, if communication is interrupted or sends erroneous signals, all parts of the body can potentially be affected by bad signals. Digestion, vision, movement, speaking, hearing, heart, brain – EVERY part of the body!

Although some people do have a tremor, many people with Parkinson’s have other symptoms like trouble walking, difficulty speaking, stiffness of arms and legs, tiredness, depression, trouble with cognitive tasks, vision difficulties, and more.

Myth #3: When you see or meet one person with Parkinson’s, you’ve met everyone person with Parkinson’s

Everyone person with Parkinson’s has their own specific flavor of the disease, takes different medications at different times and reacts to living with Parkinson’s completely differently! Don’t make a blanket judgment about them – get to know them and their unique situation.

Myth #4: Dyskinesia is a symptom of Parkinson’s disease

Involuntary flailing of arms, legs, torso or neck is called dyskinesia. Dyskinesia is a side effect of too much medication in the body which causes the body to move or jerk uncontrollably.

Myth #5: You can see ALL of the symptoms related to Parkinson’s

There’s so much to Parkinson’s that is invisible to the naked eye, so please don’t make judgments about how people with Parkinson’s look or behave!

You can’t judge a person with Parkinson’s by their outward appearance, how they speak or how they walk. You would be doing them a disservice if you try to understand them by how they look. You owe it the person with Parkinson’s and yourself to make time to get to know them, see them with compassion, and give yourself time to understand them!

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Comments

  • quincy1445
    3 hours ago

    Nicely done Angela, people do need to know this. Hope you and Karl are doing well, have a wonderful holiday. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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