Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people. Most people's symptoms take years to develop, and they live for years with the disease.
In short, a person's brain slowly stops producing a neurotransmitter called dopamine. With less and less dopamine, a person has less and less ability to regulate their movements, body and emotions. Parkinson's disease itself is not fatal. However, complications from the disease are serious; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rated complications from PD as the 14th top cause of death in the United States. There is currently no cure for Parkinson's.
Symptoms of Parkinson's disease include:
- difficulties with balance, swallowing, chewing and speaking
- psychological issues including problems with cognition, anxiety and depression
One of the most noticeable symptoms of Parkinson's disease is tremor in which the body makes involuntary quivering movements. As the disease progresses, symptoms can worsen. For example, over time a person may not be able to move, speak or swallow. This can often arise 4-8 yrs. after the initial onset of Parkinson's disease. Although there is currently no cure for the disease, our doctor's goal will be to treat patient symptoms to ensure the best quality of life possible.
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