About Parkinson’s pages are dedicated to giving you the straightforward and honest facts about Parkinson’s and the treatments available.
Armed with this information, you are then equipped with sufficient knowledge to hold a meaningful dialogue with your doctor / neurologist, and be able to participate fully in the decision making about your future.
Also, you are adequately briefed and in a position to explore alternative therapies, which may offer better prospects than the conventional treatments set out here.
Conspiracy of silence
Virtually everyone, following their diagnosis, complains of no meaningful discussion with their neurologist as to their likely future with Parkinson’s nor the treatments available. Maybe, neurologists don’t like to confront patients with the awful reality. That reality is that, by following conventional medicine, Parkinson’s is life-changing and there is no cure. The path ahead is one of continuous degeneration to disability.
Some people hold out much longer, but for most people it’s a few years of steady deterioration before the combination of accumulated symptoms and drug related side-effects take over.
The typical approach
Customarily, you’ll arrive at your initial appointment presenting a few troubling symptoms. Ordinarily, these will be loss of some functionality in one hand, slowness of movement in one side, one foot dragging and painful rigidity, usually in the back or shoulder.
Little has changed in 30 years
The current mainstream treatments for Parkinson’s disease were introduced around thirty years ago. They focused on dopamine systems and motor symptoms of advanced disease, and included dopatherapy with dopamine agonists and a monoamine oxidase B inhibitor. More agonists and inhibitors were introduced over the years, but the basic approach has not changed.
From the doctors’ perspective, Parkinson’s disease still remains a serious condition leading to disability.
The fact that general medicine’s understanding of Parkinson’s disease is very limited is clearly indicated by the fact that not all patients respond to the existing treatments such as levodopa and there is no cure in sight.
At the mercy of non-motor symptoms
Medications are focused upon relieving motor symptoms eg tremor. There is little available to alleviate equally disabling non-motor symptoms, of which there are many. Symptoms which include, but not limited to, brain fog, head pressure, urinary incontinence, anxiety, depression, insomnia, loss of smell, cognitive decline, loss of balance, freezing, confusion …..
You have a choice
Faced with the paucity of good options presented by conventional medicine, you do have the option of considering alternative therapies. All these therapies are the subject of independent research studies.
Many of these therapies have been successfully used by doctors over past decades. These doctors used nutritional medicine on all of their patients for centuries before big pharmaceutical companies arrived and hijacked medicinal treatments with their promise of something better.
However, that something better has yet to materialise.
What do you have to lose?
Alternative therapies, as set out in Parkinson’s Recovery, offer the potential for lasting relief from both motor and non-motor related symptoms as well as arresting the disease’s progression.
There are no guarantees, of course, but as you’ll have seen, you’re hardly denying yourself some miracle cure provided by conventional medications. Those medications are always there, if needed, later.