World Parkinson’s Day – Wednesday April 11 – Understanding The Disease

Fraser Valley – Every Year, April 11 is set aside for World Parkinson’s Day.

It’s what affects Michael J. Fox. Ozzy Osbourne has a similar syndrome. Closer to home, CKNW Vancouver Program Director Larry Gifford has a blog called “When Life Gives You Parkinson’s”.

From Parkinson’s Canada, What is the disease?

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson’s appear.

Most common symptoms
  • Tremor
  • Slowness and stiffness
  • Impaired balance
  • Rigidity of the muscles
Other symptoms
  • Fatigue
  • Soft speech
  • Problems with handwriting
  • Stooped posture
  • Constipation
  • Sleep disturbances

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s can take time. A family doctor might notice it first. You may be referred to a neurologist – a specialist who deals with Parkinson’s. There are no x-rays or tests to confirm Parkinson’s. So the neurologist will check your medical history, do a careful physical examination and certain tests, and rule out other conditions which may resemble Parkinson’s.

Currently there is no cure. You can live with Parkinson’s for years. The symptoms are treated with medication. Some people with Parkinson’s may benefit from surgery.

1 Comment on "World Parkinson’s Day – Wednesday April 11 – Understanding The Disease"

  1. Derek Rooney | April 25, 2019 at 7:49 pm | Reply

    My sister is 61 years and has been suffering from PD for the past 6years. Lately her condition started hallucinating and I did not know how to handle the situation. She could not sleep and tried to find and catch the imaginary people who she thinks are real, she had tremors for several years and was gradually becoming worse before we found PD herbal supplement from totalcureherbsfoundation.com that was able to get rid of her disease and alleviate all symptoms within the short period of her 15 weeks of usage.

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