||Frequently asked questions
about Parkinson's disease
"The more information
that you have got, the more chance you have of absorbing what is relevant and
necessary for you. It is important to know everything"
as each person with Parkinson’s disease (PD) is an individual, so the
condition follows a very individual course.
symptoms may be a major issue to many patients, but hardly trouble another.
There are also many different drugs available to treat PD. Few patients will
be on exactly the same drug regimen. The condition also progresses at
different rates in different people.
these differences, there are a number of frequently asked questions that
many people with PD want to ask. Your specialist doctor or Parkinson’s
Disease Nurse Specialist will be best able to answer them. Some of the
questions you might consider are:
is the exact medical condition I am suffering from? Is it Parkinson’s
disease or parkinsonism (a group of conditions with symptoms like PD, but
caused by drugs, stroke disease, or other rarer diseases)?
certain is the diagnosis? Would
any further tests, or a second opinion be useful?
have I developed the condition? Is my condition inherited ? (The cause of PD
is unknown and genetics play only a small role
symptoms will I develop in the future? How does PD progress and how
can PD be treated? What are the options and what are the pros and cons
it appropriate for me to start drug treatment now? How likely are side
effects and what are they?
there any complementary therapies that may help? What about exercise?
there any other issues I should consider - work, driving, legal or
so many questions needing to be answered,
it may be helpful to write them all down as you think of them. Allow
space to write brief answers under each question. Then you can ask them
without having to worry about forgetting either question or answer.