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Parkinson's disease

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Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition that can lead to slowness of movement, tremor and stiffness

About

Parkinson's disease is a neurological condition that progressively damages parts of the brain, leading to slowness of movement, stiffness and tremor. 1 in 500 people are affected by it — that's about 127,000 people in the UK. There isn't a cure but we can help to alleviate your symptoms and provide you with the support you need.

Need to know

  • Symptoms of Parkinson's disease icon plus

    Parkinson’s disease is caused by a lack of a chemical called dopamine. This loss of dopamine can lead to a number of motor symptoms, which may include:

    • slowness of movement
    • stiffness
    • shaking

    Other symptoms may include:

    • pain
    • depression and anxiety
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • constipation
    • urinary symptoms
    • a drop in blood pressure leading to falls and broken bones
    • sexual dysfunction
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    There isn't a specific test for Parkinson's disease. However, if your GP suspects you have it, they may refer you to one of our consultant neurologists. They will discuss your history and symptoms with you. If they suspect that you may have Parkinson's disease, they will request further diagnostic tests, which may include:

    • MRI scan of assess your brain's structure and health
    • DAT scan to analyse your body's dopamine transport system
  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    Receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease can be distressing but with medical support and therapy, your symptoms can be managed. Your consultant neurologist and GP will be able to prescribe medicines that will supplement your dopamine levels. Physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychology intervention can also play an important role in helping you to manage your symptoms day to day. In some instances, you may benefit from a short period of rehabilitation.
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