Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Parkinson's Disease: What Is the Prognosis?

A progressive illness, Parkinson's disease is a condition that gets worse over time. Frequently, the disease intensifies slowly, allowing individuals who have received this diagnosis to enjoy long lives with their loved ones; however, with a cure still not confirmed by medical researchers, it is important that individuals understand the prognosis of this condition in order to best care for their loved ones who have the disease. Lindsay, from Durham, North Carolina, was by her mother's side when she was told she had Parkinson's disease. Since then, Lindsay has learned the importance of planning ahead—and knowing what the plan for.
While doing her research, Lindsay discovered several different pieces of information regarding the health challenges that her mother had before her. While it was certainly hard for her to think about the difficulties that the progressive disease would cause, Lindsay is glad that she understands the road before her mother.
Here are some details regarding the prognosis of Parkinson's disease:[1]

  1. This illness progresses at a different rate for everyone. Oftentimes it develops slowly; however, there are cases in which the condition progresses at a more rapid rate.
  2. The life expectancy of individuals who have Parkinson's disease is lower than that of those who do not, but the disease itself is not fatal. Oftentimes, any loss of life associated with this condition stem from health complications that accompany it. These may include pneumonia, choking, and falls, among others.
  3. In some cases, Parkinson's disease can transform into a Parkinson-plus disorder, which is often resistant to pharmaceutical treatments. 
  4. A diagnosis of Parkinson's disease does not mean that a person has lost the ability to live life to the fullest. Treatment options are available to assist in managing symptoms and helping individuals live a higher quality of life.
Lindsay understands that Parkinson's disease presents a challenge for both her mother and the rest of the family; however, armed with information about what to expect and how to react to certain symptoms as the years go on, Lindsay is confident that she can help her mother experience the best life possible despite this condition. 

[1] http://www.news-medical.net/health/Parkinsons-Disease-Prognosis.aspx

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