Nov 9th, 2012 | By | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

Living With Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease, can be extremely difficult to live with for everyone involved. It is not easy for a spouse, child, or grandchildren to see a loved one dealing with the effects. Of course it is also by no means easy to have the disease yourself. There are ways though of coping with Parkinson’s and finding ways to live with it.

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease in which the brain loses functioning of dopamine producing nerve cells. Dopamine is responsible for the coordination of your muscles. When a high percentage of Dopamine is absent, then the shakiness associated with Parkinson’s occurs.[1]

Optimism is a key component.

In a study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine it was found that “pessimists nurtured little hope for the future and were more at risk for depressive and anxiety disorders, with subsequent impairment of social functioning and quality of life.[2]

●     It is important to remember that there are a number or resources available to help you deal with Parkinson’s.

●     Do not lose hope that you can live a comfortable life even with this disease.

●     Most importantly, take some time to think about the things that are good in your life and be thankful for them.

Treatment is varied and ranges from traditional pill forms to surgery.

●     While DBS, or deep brain stimulation, is an option “because of the level of risk inherent in any brain surgery, it is usually an option reserved for patients with severe or quickly debilitating Parkinson’s disease or those with severe medication-induced side effects, such as debilitating dyskinesias.”[3]

●     Traditional treatments available for softening the side effects include Levodopa which develops into an enzyme that will promote the development of Dopamine, and Carbidopa which slows down the Levodopa to create an even flow of the enzyme.[4]

Familial support is a huge component of living with Parkinson’s.

●    It is up to the family to learn and understand what exactly their loved one is living with so that they may become compassionate toward the situation.

●     It is important that they are aware of the side effects, causes, treatments, and they should ideally keep up with new literature on the subject just as patients should.

●     Parkinson’s is a disease that can take over your life if you let it, but life has not come to a halt. Take the time to explore resources together to learn about Parkinson’s and how to live with it.

Here are some links to websites that have a great deal of valid information on the subject and that may help you and your loved ones cope with and understand Parkinson’s better.







Marcela De Vivo writes health and wellbeing articles part-time.


[2] Istituto di Scienze del Comportamento Università degli Studi di Siena, Policlinico Le Scotte viale Bracci – 53100 Siena, Italy



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