Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative neurological condition which is progressive in its nature. Individuals with Parkinson’s disease experience a significant reduction in dopamine levels due to the gradual death of dopamine producing neurons. As dopamine is vital to the control of body movements, individuals with Parkinson’s disease experience progressive difficulty with the smooth control of body and muscle movements.
The main symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease are:
- Tremors/ shaking
- Muscle rigidity/ stiffness
- Slowing movement
- Stooped posture
- Balance problems
However, Parkinson’s disease is also associated with pain, depression and concerns with memory and sleep.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease, as a result medical professional often describe the condition as occurring in stages to indicate its progression and likely associated signs and symptoms. Typically, Parkinson’s is described as occurring in 5 stages, with the associated stages progressing from mild symptoms which often do not yet significantly impact on daily life to severe symptoms which significantly impact on daily functioning.
Presently there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, however it is often treated/managed with medications to increase and or substitute for dopamine, diet and exercise and environmental modifications.
For more information about Parkinson’s disease, please visit the Parkinson’s Australia or Parkinson’s NSW websites.
There is Parkinson’s support group in the Southern Highlands. If you wish to find out more details please call the Support Group Coordinator on 1800 644 189.