Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that develops slowly over years. The cause is still unknown, and there is currently no cure. While it is not typically fatal, the symptoms and complications can be very serious. Here are 5 things to know after Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis.
Understanding Your Stage
Have a discussion with Puget Sound Neurology in Tacoma, WA about what stage of Parkinson’s Disease you are in at the time of your diagnosis. This will give you a sense of not only where you are in the progression of the disease, but what you can expect going forward.
Stage 1 has mild symptoms like tremors and movement symptoms. Stage 2 adds in rigidity, walking problems and poor posture. Stage 3 is a mid stage indicating loss of balance and slower movements. Getting dressed and eating can be a problem. Stage 4 is severe and you become limited in what you can do alone. Stage 5 is the advanced stage.
Understand YOUR Symptoms
Not everyone will have the same symptoms as others. You won’t necessarily have all of them, and you may not have them in the same order or intensity. Keep track of them, and report to Puget Sound Neurology any changes as you start new medications or if they are adjusted.
Consider A Movement Specialist
Besides your primary physician, you might want to ask for a referral to see one of our movement specialists at Puget Sound Neurology. Our specialists have a thorough understanding of what is happening in the field of Parkinson’s Disease. Studies have reported that getting care from a movement disorder specialist can increase your life expectancy and extend the time before you reach later stages of the disease.
Continue Or Increase Your Activity
Now is the time to get more active. Becoming more active will increase your chances of staying that way. Try swimming, hiking, or biking for starters. As we age it’s normal to be slower, lose muscle mass and coordination, but it will affect you even more with Parkinson’s. Stay ahead of the game with consistent activity.
Know You Can Still Have A Good Quality Of Life
Don’t give up on life.
Even though you have Parkinson’s Disease, there are many activities you can engage in to secure a good quality of life.
- Following all the therapies and working with your doctors will help treat your symptoms.
- Stay engaged with friends, family, and hobbies.
- Remain employed as long as you can.
- If you retire, don’t give up what you enjoy. Travel, join clubs, and enjoy life.
Contact Puget Sound Neurology at (253) 284-4488 if you or someone you know is exhibiting any of the early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.