Diagnosing Parkinson's Disease
Suspicion of Parkinson's disease is best discussed with your GP. There are no tests that will definitely show that you have Parkinson's but a GP will base their diagnosis on some basic exercises, current symptoms and previous medical history. This early diagnosis is may be difficult to confirm and it may be that you are referred to a specialist, either a neurologist or a geriatric specialist.
A neurologist specialises in the brain and nervous system and a generic specialist deals with issues affecting elderly people and will be better placed to look at your condition. If you are in the early stages of Parkinson's your referral could take around six weeks to see a specialist.
The following symptoms are common to Parkinson's disease, balance problems which can result in falls and injuries, nerve pain which can cause burning, coldness or numbness feelings, or dizziness, blurred vision or fainting when changing position caused by a sudden drop in blood pressure.
The three main symptoms are:
- Tremor, this is displayed as uncontrollable shaking often starting in the arm or hand.
- Slowness of movement this is demonstrated by physical movements being much slower than usual. Often this can cause problems with walking also as the person will be taking much slower and shorted steps.
- Muscle stiffness which causes tension in the muscles and painful cramps. It can also cause facial expressions to be difficult.
Usually a diagnosis of Parkinson's will be made if at least two or three of these symptoms present.
Some medicines are available which may help relieve the symptoms and a special brain scan called a "single proton emission computed tomography (SPECT)" may be carried out to rule out other causes of the persons symptoms.
Emotionally, a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease can be very distressing and difficult to accept. Support will be available for you and your family to come to terms with the diagnosis and the treatment.
Our carers at Bluebird Care Bradford North provide Specialist Care for loved ones who suffer with Parkinson's. Book a free consultation with our care manager today.
Parkinson's UK is a charity which supports people with a Parkinson's diagnosis and will be able to supply lots of information.
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