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A patient-oriented advisor to dealing with Parkinson ailment and the actual and emotional problems linked to the disorder.
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PSP, unlike PD, begins on both sides at the same time, occurs without tremor, and responds poorly or not at all to drugs. PSP progresses more rapidly than PD. On post-mortem examination PSP looks different from PD. Akinetic-rigid syndromes movement disorders marked by stiffness and a lack of movement. Hyperkinetic excessive movement. Multiple-system atrophy (MSA) may mimic PD, but usually occurs without tremor, responds poorly or not at all to drugs, and progresses more rapidly than PD. MSA has three subgroups: (1) The Shy-Drager variant resembles PD but is dominated by autonomic nervous system symptoms, such as drops in blood pressure on standing, bladder and bowel problems, and impotence.
Nobody in my family has it,” you say. “I’m sure it’s stress. ” Although exercise, nutrition, stress management, and rest are important, they won’t cure PD. Your first reaction may also be relief that your problem isn’t a brain tumor or a stroke and that it’s not your imagination, because you’ve known that something was wrong. Your second reaction may be fear and anxiety. Realizing that you have PD can make you fearful and anxious. You and your family have no idea what to expect—thus, you think the worst.
I saw Muhammad Ali, or Michael J. ” Tell Me More On your first visit, take a family member or friend. They will provide you with emotional support and comfort. They’re also more likely to be objective and to hear what the specialist said rather than what you thought he said. A word of caution: Too many family members or friends in the room (more than two) changes the nature of the visit. If you have small children, get a babysitter: children may be frightened by being in a doctor’s office, and they can cry and be disruptive.