Since you've recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.
1. What stage is my illness in now?
2. How quickly do you think my disease will progress?
3. How will Parkinson's disease affect my work?
4. What physical changes can I expect? Will I be able to keep up the activities, hobbies, and sports I do now?
5. What treatments do you suggest now? Will that change as the disease progresses?
6. What are the side effects of medication?...
Parkinson's disease most often first appear during a person's 50s or 60s. The
disease progresses gradually over 10 to 15 years, resulting in increasing
disability. Early-onset disease (before age 30 to 40) is not common. Among the
total number of Parkinson's disease cases, 5% to 10% are early-onset.3
Parkinson's disease occurs more often in men
than in women, but the reason for this is unknown.4
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Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
G. Frederick Wooten, MD - Neurology
December 3, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 03, 2010
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