We take great pride at Sierra Integrative Medical Center in offering some of the most advanced treatment options available for Parkinson’s Disease.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
A progressive nervous system disorder, Parkinson’s Disease is known to affect movement. Symptoms tend to start gradually, with perhaps only a light tremor of the hand, but can worsen as your condition progress over time.
Sierra Integrative strives ti provide some of the most advanced integrative medicines to treat the disease. Helping to restore both the mind and the body, we blend the best alternative medical treatments and traditional medicines for a unique treatment program.
The cause of Parkinson’s Disease remains largely unknown, however, a couple factors are known to play a role.
In uncommon cases, it has been found that there are specific genetic mutations that can cause Parkinson’s Disease. In these rare cases, there have been many family members affected with Parkinson’s Disease. These gene variations appear ti increase the risk of developing the disease.
Environmental triggers such as exposure to certain toxins like herbicides or pesticides as well as other environmental factors all may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease later in life, though the risk of this is very small.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
Most people who experience Parkinson’s Disease are in the middle or later years, generally around 60 or older. Men are generally more likely to develop Parkinson’s than women, though there is no cogent evidence. Also, having many close relatives with Parkinson’s can increase the chances that you will develop the disease.
A pill-rolling tremor or shaking of the hands and fingers can be one of the biggest indicators of the disease.
Slowing of movement
Also known as bradykinesia, Parkinson’s Disease may over time cause the slowing of movement or stiffness of limbs. This may include your steps becoming shorter as you walk, more dragging of the feet or finding difficulty getting out of chairs. As muscles stiffen, your range of motion may be limited.
Problems with balance or posture
Over time, your posture may become stooped, or you may have balance problems.
Thinking difficulties or diseases like dementia can be a result of developing this disease, although this usually occurs in the later stages.
You may experience changes when it comes to speaking, writing, and other automatic movements. Your speech patterns may vary, it may become harder to write and you may experience a decreased ability to perform unconscious movements such as blinking or smiling.
Emotional changes such as depression, fear, anxiety or loss of motivation can be associated with the development of Parkinson’s Disease. Medications combined with alternative medicines can help treat these symptoms.
It may become difficult to swallow as the condition progresses. Similarly, chewing can become difficult as the disease affects he muscles in your mouth. This can cause other issues such as drooling, choking, and poor nutrition.
People with Parkinson’s often experience problems with sleeping. You may wake up frequently throughout the night, fall asleep at irregular intervals or experience rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder, causing you to physically act out your dreams.
You may also experience:
- Change in blood pressure
- Difficulties with sense of smell
- Loss of energy and fatigue
- Decrease in sexual desire or performance
5 Stages of Parkinson’s
The first stage of disease is mildest. You may be experiencing symptoms, but they aren’t severe enough to disrupt your lifestyle. The symptoms may even be so small that they are often missed, overlooked, or misdiagnosed. There may, however, be changes in your posture and facial expression. Tremors at this stage are often contained to only one side of the body.
The moderate stage, those in this progression of the disease experience more intense tremors, stiffness, and other noticeable changes in facial features. Tasks may take longer to complete and people at this stage generally start to feel tremors and other symptoms on both sides of their body. People at this stage may still be able to live alone. There is no known length of time to progress from Stage 1 to Stage 2, as it may take months or years.
The middle stage of the disease, Stage 3 marks a turning point in the progression of the disease. In addition to the symptoms in Stage 2, you will also develop a loss of balance and slower overall movements. Falls become very common in this stage. Although it becomes more difficult to complete tasks, medications and alternative medicines can help decrease symptoms.
In Stage 4 it becomes nearly impossible to live alone. Many require assistance to complete movements such as standing up and walking. It can be very dangerous to not have assistance in this stage.
The most advanced stage of Parkinson’s, people experiencing this level of progression often require wheelchairs, as they are unable to stand on their own without falling. Assistance is required to prevent falls as well as assist with mental health. Those in this stage may experience delusions, hallucinations or other confusion.
If you have any symptoms often associated with Parkinson’s Disease, it is important to see a doctor. Sierra Integrative provides holistic treatment options and alternative medicines designed to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. T learn more about treatment, please contact us or set up an appointment!