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Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disease involving three main symptoms: tremor, stiffness and slowness of movement. It is an extremely complicated and variable condition and no two people are exactly alike in terms of the symptoms they experience and how these progress. Accurate information is essential to help you understand how this difficult condition affects you personally.
This comprehensive guide answers 287 real questions asked by people with Parkinson’s and their families. It covers the whole range of symptoms and treatments, and offers reliable and practical advice on living life with Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s: Answers at your fingertips includes:
- An overview of what Parkinson’s is and what causes it
- A thorough breakdown of all the potential symptoms and how they can be managed
- A comprehensive chapter on drug treatments, including new drugs such as duodopa, rotigotine and MAO-B inhibitors
- Answers to questions about relationships with family and friends, as well as those with professionals and the public
- Up-to-date guidance about practical concerns including health services, employment and benefits
Sample questions include:
- Is Parkinson's more common in men than in women?
- I have a tremor in one hand. Will it spread? Should I learn to write with my other hand?
- What are the other medical conditions that sometimes get confused with Parkinson’s?
- I know that lack of balance and falling are fairly common among people with Parkinson’s. Why should this be?
- How important is the timing of medication?
- How do I know if the side effects are normal or not?
- How can I get to see a Parkinson’s Disease Nurse Specialist?
- Can speech therapy help?
- What services do Social Security departments provide?
- What effects might my diagnosis have on my job security?
- Is it true I have to notify the DVLA about my Parkinson’s?
- Is there any help available with the cost of prescriptions?
- I want to keep looking after my wife, but need regular breaks. What is available?
- We have not had a holiday for years because of my Parkinson’s. Could you suggest anything that would be suitable?
Table of Contents:
Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 What is Parkinson's?
Part 3 Symptoms and diagnosis
Part 4 Drug treatment of Parkinson's
Part 5 Other treatments
Part 6 Complementary treatments
Part 7 Access to treatment amd services
Part 8 Attitudes and relationships
Part 9 Caring for the 'carers'
Part 10 Communication
Part 11 Work and Leisure
Part 12 Managing at home
Part 13 Eating and diet
Part 14 Getting around on wheels
Part 15 Finance
Part 16 Care outside the home
Part 17 Research and clinical trials
“provides simple, clear answers to the many questions that people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families face”
Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson’s UK
About the Authors
Bridget McCall is a freelance writer and editor who previously worked for many years as an information manager at Parkinson's UK, providing resources for people with Parkinson's.
Medical Adviser: Professor Leslie J Findley FRCP is a Consultant Neurologist at the Essex Neurosciences Unit and Honary Vice President of Parkinson's UK.