mom in her mid 50's, years back before she was diagnosed of having PDSometimes in 2009, my mom was diagnosed to have PD at age 65, with a little bit of knowledge I have about the disease I get paranoid, as in na praning ako! I cried in silence ug daghaaaaan ko mga QUESTIONS that were left unanswered. Ug sa hinay-hinay acceptance sinked in me.
|me and mom|
Parkinson's is a condition that has been known about since ancient times. It is referred to in the ancient Indian medical system of Ayurveda under the name Kampavata. In Western medical literature it was described by the physician Galen as "shaking palsy" in AD 175. However it was not until 1817 that a detailed medical essay was published on the subject by London doctor James Parkinson.
Much has been learned about the disease yet much remains a mystery. The symptoms are progressive and degenerative and tend to be more common in older individuals. It is understood that a dopamine deficiency in the brain is at the root of the matter, yet why this initially occurs is less clear.parkinson webresearch.
The low levels of dopamine cause the degeneration of nerve cells in part of the brain called the substantia nigra. It was this discovery that lead to the first effective medicinal treatment of the disease. In the 1960s the drug Levodopa was first administered to treat the symptoms not to cure the disease and has since become the "gold standard" in medication.
Question if PD can be inherited? no, it's not hereditary. At present, there is no cure for PD, but a variety of medications provide dramatic relief from the symptoms. Usually, patients are given levodopa combined with carbidopa. Carbidopa delays the conversion of levodopa into dopamine until it reaches the brain. Nerve cells can use levodopa to make dopamine and replenish the brain's dwindling supply. Although levodopa helps at least three-quarters of parkinsonian cases, not all symptoms respond equally to the drug.
|me, my nun sister Sr. Juliet, mom and my niece Trishia|
|my dad & my mom|