CogniFit's Science blog: Symptoms And Treatments Of Parkinson's Disease

Symptoms And Treatments Of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s is a neurological disorder which can have serious consequences for its sufferers.

We will review some of the known causes of this disease along with symptoms and treatments. Parkinson’s typically affects people who are over 50 years of age.

It can have a significant effect on motor functions. Some of the more common symptoms include trembling of limbs, stiffness in limbs, slow movement and poor balance and posture.

These symptoms are normally relatively minor when the disease first develops but they can get progressively worse over time. Eventually the person who suffers from this disease may become paralyzed and unable to work unaided.

In addition the patient may have difficulty talking or completing what was otherwise simple everyday tasks. The patient may also suffer from short term memory loss, language difficulties and significant mood swings. Depression is a very common symptom of Parkinson’s.

The nerve cells in the brain depend on a chemical called dopamine to help them to control muscle movement. Parkinson’s develops when the nerve cells which make dopamine are slowly destroyed. Without this vital brain chemical the brain cannot effectively communicate to the muscles which then lead to loss of muscle function.

It is not known why the nerve cells become unable to produce dopamine and eventually die. However genetics is believed to play a strong role in its development.

And while there is no known cure for this disease, there are many treatments which are used to control the symptoms. For example there are a number of medications which are used to help to increase the level of dopamine in the brain. The dosage must be watched carefully since a depletion of this chemical can cause the symptoms to return.

It is important that the drugs be carefully prescribed since they can have serious side effects including hallucinations, nausea, dizziness and mood swings. A patient should be under the close care of a doctor for best results.

A good lifestyle such as regular exercise and a healthy diet can also have beneficial results. There are also a number of natural supplements used which can be of benefit as well.

There is a great deal of helpful information available on this disease on the Internet. Take advantage of these resources to learn more about available treatment options. There is also helpful information on support groups where sufferers and their families can share information and encouragement.

A great deal of progress has been made addressing the symptoms of this disease and it is hoped that one or more effective long term treatments can be made available to sufferers soon. You might want to try to assess and train your motor control skills with brain fitness in the meantime.