By Abraham Lieberman
A patient-oriented advisor to dealing with Parkinson sickness and the actual and emotional problems linked to the sickness.
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Extra info for 100 Questions & Answers About Parkinson Disease
How a judge and jury decide may be different. Because of Muhammad Ali, the famous boxer who has PD, there’s much interest in whether boxing causes PD. Boxing, when it causes brain damage, results in Alzheimer disease. This is not what Ali has: his mind is sharp. In several studies 15–40% of professional ex-boxers were found to have developed symptoms of Alzheimer disease. A few also had symptoms of PD. At one end of the spectrum is George Foreman, who fought longer than Ali but is on television doing a fine job selling his grill, with no obvious problems.
If you asked the doctor to “squeeze you in,” and he did, expect a delay. ” Although the diagnosis of PD may be apparent as soon as you walk in, the doctor should stifle the urge to make a quick diagnosis. To begin with, the diagnosis may be incorrect or, if correct, such a quick diagnosis can be 35 l eb02 11/13/02 11:20 AM 1 0 0 Page 36 Q & A A B O U T P A R K I N S O N D I S E A S E disturbing and not appreciated by you or your family. At the beginning of the illness, you and your family are frightened and anxious.
Although exercise, nutrition, stress management, and rest are important, they won’t cure PD. Your first reaction may also be relief that your problem isn’t a brain tumor or a stroke and that it’s not your imagination, because you’ve known that something was wrong. Your second reaction may be fear and anxiety. Realizing that you have PD can make you fearful and anxious. You and your family have no idea what to expect—thus, you think the worst. You may fear losing 41 l eb02 11/13/02 11:20 AM 1 0 0 Page 42 Q & A A B O U T P A R K I N S O N D I S E A S E your job, your friends, and most of all, your independence.
100 Questions & Answers About Parkinson Disease by Abraham Lieberman