April Is Parkinson’s Awareness Month—It Touches So Many Lives!
If you think you know Parkinson’s disease, then give these observations a look and see if your summary of the illness jibes with my array of pontifications:
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- Some Parkinson’s patients may be diagnosed with the illness, yet appear to have no obvious physical symptoms of the condition. Someone with Parkinson’s may have cognitive issues or non-motor issues which are difficult to detect.
- A Parkinson’s disease diagnosis means that you have research and investigation ahead. Finding therapies that work for you will take time.
- Reducing stress and anxiety with your Parkinson’s will calm the illness.
- There are great resources on the web for support and valuable information that may answer your question or help you to live well with this illness.
- Depression, apathy, and executive dysfunction can make decision making very difficult to pin down a task and complete it in a quick manner.
- Communicating with a person with Parkinson’s can be a challenge when their voice or speech may be broken, soft, or just difficult to understand along with the masking of their face (masking is where a someone with PD has little or no facial reaction or obvious facial emotion).
- Exaggerated movement or gyrating movement (dyskinesia) is often due to too much medicine and not due to the illness, itself.
- Diet, sleep, stress, constipation, and amount of exercise can all play a part in how well your body reacts to the efficacy of your medicines.
- A Parkinson’s patient is like the weather—wait 5 minutes and some symptoms may change, unpredictably.
- The more medications that you take, the more side-effects that you need to be aware of.
- Parkinson’s disease is a marathon—not a sprint! Learning patience can help!
- There are so many excellent books, blogs, videos, and audiobooks to provide you answers, ideas, and support!
- Being positive will make your illness, relationships, and almost everything you do easier!
- People with Parkinson’s are like snowflakes, no two of us has identical symptoms, are on the same drug regimen, or find the exact same benefit from therapies or procedures.
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