Parkinson’s disease is a terrifying neurological disorder that affects approximately 1% of people. Parkinson’s affects the Basal Ganglia in the midbrain which produces the neurotransmitters dopamine and acetylcholine. It disrupts the production of dopamine creating an imbalance that leads to Parkinsonism – or the set of symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease.
There are five stages of Parkinson’s disease, however the disease does not necessarily progress in a direct linear fashion and the time spent in each stage can vary between people. In the first stage the symptoms can be quite subtle. You may notice a stiffness or weakness in your arm or a subtle tremor when a steady hand is needed. Loss of balance and odd facial expressions are also associated with early stages of Parkinson’s. The second stage sees both sides of the body affected with stiffness as walking and balance become more coordinated. During the third stage, the severity of the symptoms increase and the patient will have troubles standing or walking properly. By the fourth stage the symptoms are quite severe and though they may still be able to walk, the individual is usually unable to live on their own. During the final stage, the patient will be unable to stand or walk and requires constant care. Because Parkinson’s is a neurological disease that affects dopamine levels as well as the severe nature of the symptoms, depression and cognitive issues can also emerge as a symptom.
Diagnosing Parkinson’s can be tricky as there is no test for the disease and other conditions with similar symptoms must first be ruled out. Parkinson’s usually first emerges between the ages of 50 and 65, however it can occur in younger individuals as well. Medication as well as exercise, physiotherapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy can help control the symptoms of the disease but unfortunately they do not slow its progression.
If you require legal assistance with any issues associated with Parkinson’s disease from long term disability benefits to planning a living will, call Campisi Law today at 1-855-525-5502 or fill out our quick contact form on our website. We’ll look over your case free of charge and determine if our services would be appropriate for you or not. We’re also willing to provide a free second opinion if you’ve already talked to another law firm and are unsure of their advice.
We understand that a condition such as Parkinson’s is stressful and traumatic enough so we guarantee that we will treat your case with the utmost care while respecting your privacy. Our motto: “Clients first. Excellence always” are words we truly live by.
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