Parkinson's disease affect you in the future?
more bothered thinking about what I will be like in the future than what I
am like now"
is difficult to predict how your Parkinson’s disease (PD) will affect
you and how it might change in the
future. Every person’s condition develops differently and treatment is
PD tends to begin gradually, with symptoms becoming more serious as time
passes. In some people, the symptoms can remain slight for years. However,
in a small number of cases symptoms can develop more quickly, over a few
months. In general, PD will progress in the future at the same rate it has
in the past.
people are worried that they may be responsible for passing on their PD to
their children. This is unlikely. Like other medical conditions there is a
genetic element to the condition, but it is probably not very great.
often develops first in one arm or leg and then spreads to the other side.
Depressed mood is common, but can be treated. After many years, memory
loss and confusion develops in up to half of people with PD.
disease is not directly a fatal disease. It may increase risk of death
indirectly, for example by increasing risk of serious falls, or poor
recovery from pneumonia.
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treatment is very effective at helping many of the symptoms of PD and
most people manage to lead normal lives for many years. Slowness of
movement and stiffness responds best to drug treatment, whilst tremor
and balance problems tend to respond less well.
time passes, drug treatment will need to be adjusted. This may require
a change of dose, altered timing, or change of drug. New side effects
can also develop.
is important that you are kept under regular review by a doctor who
has an interest and knowledge of PD. It is also a good idea to learn
all about your condition, so that you can work in partnership with
professionals to manage it in the best possible way.
Your doctor, or specialist nursing staff can
explain more about your current and possible future symptoms.
Useful books include:
‘Parkinson’s At Your Finger Tips’, by
Marie Oxtoby and Adrian Williams, published in 2002 by Class
Publications, London. ISBN 1 872362 96 6
‘Parkinson’s Disease - the Way
Forward’, by Geoffrey Leader, Lucille Leader, et al, published in 2001
by Denor Press, London. ISBN 0952 60 5686
Useful websites include:
US-site on tips and suggestions on how to
deal with questions that arise after a Parkinson’s diagnosis.
UK-site with access to a wide range of
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