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A 37-year-old male asked:

Please provide some do's and don'ts on living with parkinson's disease.

33 doctor answers25 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Ignore: Do consider a cane with a laser pointer to help with threshold issues.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Ignore: Manual therapy/manipulation can help increase gait speed in parkinsons.
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
Neurology 33 years experience
Ignore: Do take meds on time do exercise;really exercise do say , "big steps! back straight, head up".
Dr. Keshab Paudel
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Ignore: Don't give up if one meeting or event fails to meet your expectations do introduce yourself to other.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Ignore: Parkinson's is challenging. Consider working w' a psychologist 2 help U & your family cope w' it.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Ignore: Best to use the basic medications, as will improve mobility and quality of life.
Dr. Edward Berg
Neurosurgery 42 years experience
Ignore: Avoid Antipsychotics if you can as they Block Dopamine.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Do make regular appts with the neurologist. Do take your medications. Don't get discouraged.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
If: If need be, Utilize other complementary therapies-speech therapy, physical and occupational therapy.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Treatment: Treatment should aid adjustment to daily frustrations and new challenges.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Never: Never underestimate the power of prayer and Faith!
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
If: If your community has a senior center, or a wellness or exercise program,.. take advantage of it!
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
If: If there are no support groups in your area, consider starting one.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Think: Think about lifestyle management, including stress reduction and coping skills.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Be: Be sure to practice general health maintenance by exercising and keeping a healthy diet.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
In: In early stages,obtain occupational assessment and a social evaluation including home care needs.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
If: If driving becomes a problem, it is smart to undergo a professional assessment.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
If: If getting around the house becomes more difficult, have your home evaluated for safety.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
If: If getting around the house becomes more difficult, figure out how much help you may need.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
In: In late stage think about assisted care, hospice, respite, adult day care and nursing home care.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Care: Care partners should have the proper training and take care of themselves too, to avoid burnout!
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
The: The care givers are often in need of loving support TOO!
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Keep: Keep track of your medications and taking them correctly.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Know: Know your medication's name, the strength and a time schedule of when it should be taken.
Dr. Walter Husar
Neurology 33 years experience
Ignore: Live one day at a time. Take your medication on time. If you don't, quality suffers.
Dr. Leila Hashemi
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Ignore: If you have a tendency to fall backward or feel lightheaded, move slowly when changing positions.
Dr. Aurea Tomeski
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
Ignore: Exercise is an important part of Parkinson's regimen. Fall prevention.
Dr. Stephen Jarrard
General Surgery 21 years experience
Ignore: You may have PD, but don't let PD have you! Stay sharp, read a lot, keep mind active. Never give in.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Be: Be patient with someone with Parkinson's as they can't move quickly.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Sometimes: Sometimes a walker can provide more balance for walking for Parkinson's patients and is useful.
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Ignore: Weighted spoons and weighted cuffs may help in decreasing tremors and improve ability to perform ADL.
Dr. Nicole Clark
Neurology 17 years experience
Ignore: Stay active! "Move it or lose it" definitely applies with this disease.
Dr. Andrea Gonzalez Gamez
Specializes in General Practice
Exercise: Exercise regularly, it can help give you more flexibility, better balance and less anxiety!

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