will ask questions about your symptoms and your past health and will do a
neurological exam. This exam includes questions and tests that show
how well your nerves are working. For example, your doctor will watch how you
move, check your muscle strength and reflexes, and check your vision.
Your doctor will also ask
questions about your mood.
cases, your doctor may have you try a medicine. How this medicine works may
help your doctor know if you have Parkinson's disease.
There are no lab or blood tests that
can help your doctor know whether you have Parkinson's. But you may have tests
to help your doctor rule out other diseases that could be causing your
symptoms. For example, you might have an
MRI to look for signs of a
At this time, there is no cure
for Parkinson's disease. But there are several types of medicines that can
control the symptoms and make the disease easier to live with.
You may not even need treatment if your symptoms are mild. Your doctor
may wait to prescribe medicines until your symptoms start to get in the way of
your daily life. Your doctor will adjust your medicines as your symptoms get
worse. You may need to take several medicines to get the best results.
Levodopa (also called L-dopa) is the best drug for controlling symptoms
of Parkinson's. But it can cause problems if you use it for a long time
or at a high dose. So doctors sometimes use other medicines to treat people in the early stages of the disease.
The decision to start
taking medicine, and which medicine to take, will be different for each person. Your doctor will be able to help you make these
In some cases, a treatment called deep brain stimulation
may also be used. For this treatment, a surgeon places wires in your brain. The
wires carry tiny electrical signals to the parts of the brain that control
movement. These little signals can help those parts of the brain work
There are many things you can do at home that can help you
stay as independent and healthy as possible. Eat healthy foods. Get the rest
you need. Make wise use of your energy. Get some exercise every day. Physical
therapy and occupational therapy can also help.