Some Important Facts about Parkinson's disease
Almost a year ago, a friend of mine was diagnosed of having Parkinson's disease. I remember him then complain of experiencing uncontrollable trembling in one of his hands which occurs at intervals of time. This happens, he said, while he is at rest or whenever he is under stress. As time passed, the shaking started to affect both his arms and legs.
Apart from those conditions my friend is now woefully going through, Parkinson's disease has other early symptoms. These include a lack of suppleness in the muscles and slowness of movement, not to mention the difficulty the sufferer experiences in initiating movements. If it is any consolation, doctors say that it may take years for anyone suffering from Parkinson's disease to be seriously incapacitated.
But what exactly goes wrong when someone is diagnosed to have been struck with Parkinson's disease? This question I posed to my friend's doctor out of a deep sense of concern for him (my friend). I wanted to find out exactly everything there is to know about Parkinson's disease, and then maybe I can help him in any little way possible to alleviate his condition.
In Parkinson's disease (and so begins my modest knowledge of this condition), certain nerve cells located in the basal nuclei (or basal ganglia - the masses of gray matter in each of the two cerebral hemispheres, which ensure the smooth progress of movement) may have ceased functioning normally. Ordinarily, these nerve cells produce dopamine, a chemical that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain (this chemical allows nerve cells to transmit signals to one another as well as to muscle fibers). Lack of supply of dopamine can lead to a state of chaos in the signals between nerve cells and muscle fibers. If such confusion occurs, the arm and leg shaking and other symptoms characteristic of Parkinson's disease are likely to take place.
There are different sorts of treatment for Parkinson's disease. However, there is as yet no known complete, permanent solution for this condition. Treatments, which often carry dramatic results in lessening the symptoms, include certain physical therapies that are intended to improve the ability of the sufferer to move and speak. Certain medications, particularly those containing levodopa (a substance that acts as a building block of dopamine), have known side effects. In administering this type of medicine, the doctor must carefully keep track of the dosage. This is important to ensure that the medicine provides the greatest possible efficacy in relieving the symptoms of Parkinson's disease while keeping the number and severity of side effects to a minimum.
As I realize in my friend's case, the responsibility of support falls squarely on the relatives and friends of the sufferer. Along this line, I have talked to three other Parkinson's patients who are currently going through the process of slowly, but effectively, having their condition reversed with the help of a breakthrough scientific discovery. I have discussed this matter with the relatives of my friend and they were obviously pleased with this development and agreed not to waste time in having my friend go through this very same process.
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