The most common symptom of Parkinson’s is a tremor, which often begins in the fingers or hand. Other symptoms that may come up are slowed movement, called bradykinesia, muscle stiffness, problems with balance, loss of automatic movements such as blinking or smiling, changes in speech, and handwriting changes.
It’s important to speak to a doctor if you have any of these symptoms in order to diagnose any condition and rule out potential causes the symptom stems from. You can call us at Primary Medical Group for more information or to see up an appointment. We’d be happy to come to you and offer care in whatever manner is needed.
Diagnosis of Parkinson’s doesn’t require a specific test but will require a review of your symptoms, medical history, as well as a physical and neurological examination. Your physician may also order tests to rule out other conditions that could cause similar symptoms. You may also be put on a low dose of carbidopa-levodopa, with is a medication for Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s is a lifelong disease that has no cure, but medication and help control most symptoms. Surgery may also be suggested in some cases. You will also likely be encouraged to make lifestyle changes, including doing aerobic exercise or seeing a speech-language pathologist. Other Parkinson’s disease medications may be prescribed depending on need, including dopamine agonists, MAO-B inhibitors, anticholinergics, and amantadine.
At Primary Medical Group, we make doctor’s offices a thing of the past. Rather than being required to get out of your home to drive across town and wait in a physician’s office, we come to you. We can handle all the same tests and exams that any other physician can and we can do it where you’re most comfortable.
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