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Debunking Parkinson's Disease Myths
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative brain disease. Despite its prevalence and the vast amount of research being conducted in the space, there are various misconceptions about PD that still exist. In this article, we will highlight some of the myths associated with Parkinson’s disease.
Myth: Parkinson’s disease is only a motor condition
Tremors, rigidity, stiffness, and slow movement are all cardinal signs of PD. While these motor symptoms are often present and the first sign of the disease, there are also various non-motor symptoms associated with PD. Some of the non-motor symptoms include anxiety, depression, fatigue, difficulties with sleep, and urinary incontinence. A person who is diagnosed with PD may have one, or many of the motor and non-motor symptoms associated.
Myth: Medication is the only option
There are a variety of different ways to slow the progression, or minimize the symptoms associated with PD. Many people with PD are prescribed medications to help minimize their tremors, but medications are most certainly not the only option. Some lifestyle habits, including maintaining a balanced diet and staying active, have been shown to improve symptoms associated with PD.
There are also various other tools and treatment options, such as weighted objects, and assistive devices. For example, the Steadi-Two is an assistive device designed to reduce tremors for people with Parkinson’s disease and Essential tremor. The Steadi-Two is a battery-free, machine washable glove that can be worn on either the left or right hand with no adjustments needed. The Steadi-Two is lightweight, and easy to use. In lab tests, the Steadi-Two provided users with up to 80% tremor relief. The best part is, using the Steadi-Two does not cause any of the side effects or symptoms associated with some tremor reducing medications. If you would like to learn more about the Steadi-Two, click here.
Myth: Parkinson’s disease is fatal
While a diagnosis of PD can be daunting, it is not a fatal diagnosis. Generally speaking, people die with PD, not from PD. Once someone is diagnosed with PD the disease will usually progress, but the rate of progression varies from one person to the next. That being said, as the disease progresses, people with PD may become more susceptible to falls and other injuries. It is important that people with PD work with their physicians and support network to develop plans to minimize the possibility of an injury.
Overall, there are various myths surrounding PD. Although PD can be a devastating diagnosis, these myths can spread false information and be misleading. When researching PD, it is important to make sure that the source of information is credible. If you are interested in learning more about Parkinson’s disease, click here.