What is Parkinson’s Disease?
It is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system resulting in progressive deterioration of the locomotor functioning of the body. The cause of this disease is unknown but is speculated to be both genetic as well as environmental factors.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
The symptoms of this disease usually develop quite slowly spanning to a few years. Very often the evolution or onset of the symptoms varies from one person to another due to the diversity of the disease. Some of the symptoms are as follows:
Movement or Motor-related symptoms
• Tremor, mainly at rest and described as pill-rolling tremors in hands.
• Other forms of tremor are possible
• The slowness of movements (bradykinesia)
• Limb rigidity
• Gait and balance problems
Non-motor related Symptoms
• Cognitive Impairment
• Sleep-related disorders
• Reduced sense of smell
• Automatic dysfunction
• Attention Deficit
• Difficulties planning and carrying out ordinary tasks
• Vision impairment, etc.
Is there a cure for Parkinson’s Disease?
Though there is no cure as the cause of the disease is unknown, there are treatment options such as medications and surgery. While Parkinson’s Disease is not a deadly disease, at times the complications can be quite serious.
How should one cope up with Parkinson’s Disease?
The primary step to lead a better life with Parkinson’s disease is to understand the disease and its progression; it is possible to have a good life with PD. Staying in touch with your doctor while implementing the recommended therapies are vital for treating the symptoms. Understanding all the options available for controlling the symptoms is very crucial. As there is no cure for the disease counselling and guidance from the health care provider not just to the individual who is suffering but also to his/her family is vital. The lack of awareness about this disease is the major cause of ignorance and not considering the non-motor related symptoms as a threat can prove to be a fatal error. Hence, acknowledging the disease and undergoing a medical counselling is very important.
World Parkinson’s Disease Day – 11th April of every year
April 11 marks the birth anniversary of Dr James Parkinson which is globally recognized as “World Parkinson’s Day.” It is aimed at spreading a global awareness about Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder as most often identifying the symptoms is difficult due to the slow progression of the disease. Take a pledge this World Parkinson’s Day to spread awareness for families to understand the symptoms to overcome the same for a good lifestyle.