Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects how the person moves, including how they speak and write. Symptoms develop gradually, and may start off with ever-so-slight tremors in one hand. The four primary symptoms of PD are tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face, rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk, bradykinesia, or slowness of movement, and postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination. As these symptoms become more pronounced, patients may have difficulty walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks.
HOW IS PARKINSON'S DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease is based on the symptoms and patient’s medical and family history. There are no specific tests available to diagnose Parkinson’s disease, but a neurologist can diagnose based on typical symptoms of the disease. Blood and urine tests may be ordered for ruling out other conditions
HOW IS PARKINSON'S DISEASE TREATED?
There are some drugs, which are known to boost the functions of the brain and fight the issue of Carbidopa-levodopa and even Carbidopa-levodopa infusion. Alongside these, the patient can also be given dopamine agonists to combat the issue. Physiotherapy along with other mental exercises are also given. Surgery happens in rare cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
Though this disease can be controlled, there is actually no evident cure for it and Parkinson’s eventually leads to death.