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Whether you're a newly diagnosed patient, or are a friend or relative of someone suffering from Parkinson Disease, this book offers help. Completely revised and updated, The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center 100 Questions & Answers About Parkinson Disease, Second Edition is the only text available to provide both the doctor's and patient's views and gives you authoritative, practical ...
Whether you're a newly diagnosed patient, or are a friend or relative of someone suffering from Parkinson Disease, this book offers help. Completely revised and updated, The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center 100 Questions & Answers About Parkinson Disease, Second Edition is the only text available to provide both the doctor's and patient's views and gives you authoritative, practical answers to your questions about treatment options, quality of life, and sources of support. Written by an internationally recognized expert on Parkinson Disease, this book is an invaluable resource for anyone coping with the physical and emotional turmoil of this devastating disease.
About the Author ix
Part 1 Most Frequently Asked Questions 1
Questions 1-12 answer commonly asked questions regarding Parkinson disease, such as:
What is Parkinson disease?
What causes Parkinson disease?
What are the stages of Parkinson disease?
Part 2 Tell Me More 37
Questions 13-27 discuss the symptoms and physical effects of Parkinson disease, as well as what to expect when you visit a neurologist:
What are the main symptoms of Parkinson disease?
Is difficulty speaking part of Parkinson disease?
I am seeing a neurologist-what should I expect?
What do I do after I've been diagnosed with Parkinson disease?
Part 3 Things You Should Know 89
Questions 28-38 review the progressive patterns of and physical changes brought on by Parkinson disease, including:
Why does Parkinson disease get worse?
What is freezing of gait?
Why am I having difficulty swallowing?
Part 4 The First Five Years After You're Diagnosed 113
Questions 39-56 offer advice on what to expect during the first five years post diagnosis, including drug information and emotional changes, such as:
What is the goal of treatment?
What is a dopamine agonist?
I have Parkinson disease-why me?
As a care-partner, how can I cope with my partner's Parkinson disease?
Part 5 The Next Six to Thirty Years After Diagnosis 155
Questions 57-75 review drug treatment options as well as common psychological issues facing patients with Parkinson disease:
What is levodopa/carbidopa?
What are Comtan and Tasmar?
What are symptoms of depression in Parkinson disease and how is it treated?
Part 6 What Else Should I Know? 193
Questions 76-100 present additionalinformation on treatment options and on how to maintain a high quality of life while living with Parkinson disease, including:
What is deep brain stimulation?
What is the role of gene therapy in Parkinson disease treatment?
How can I make my home safer?
When will there be a cure?