Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affect the quality of living in many ways. The symptoms of this disease varies from person to person and not every person experiences a particular symptom in the same way. This one of the major reasons why the medical scientists are finding it challenging to find a permanent solution for this disorder.
However, there are a few typical patterns based on which you could comprehend the different stages of the disorder.
Stage One – During this stage, the symptoms will be very mild and in most of the cases, they go unnoticed. The person will be still be able to live their life without any difficulty. Mild changes in face, sitting posture and in walking may occur.
Stage Two – Rigidity of limbs, shakes and tremors start occurring in this stage. This may affect the daily living activities a bit but the person would still be able to live on their own. The symptoms may start getting increased day by day.
Stage Three – Visible changes occur in the way of walking, talking and doing the daily living activities. People would be still active but require additional support while performing difficult activities like lifting weights and other difficult house chores such as cooking.
Stage Four – The symptoms get worsened in this stage. It would be very difficult for the person to involve in any activities without the help of others. Sitting or standing on their own is doable but walking may require additional help. Medical equipment for home use such as wheelchair or walker are required in this stage. The person will not be able to live their own during this stage.
Stage Five – This is the advanced stage where the person may need frequent medical help and personal help. Stiffness in the legs and arms make it extremely difficult for them to perform even the simple activities such as drinking a glass of water on their own. The person may refrain to the bed all the time and personal nursing assistance if duly required. Along with the physical symptoms, the psychological hearth too would be at the deterring stage and the person experiences delusions and starts hallucinating.
Both the motor and non-motor symptoms get intensified after the stage five and the person may be restricted to bed. There are various Parkinson’s Foundations in Chennai that help the ailing parkinson’s patients to delay their symptoms by providing them with the support they required.
The research on Parkinson’s Disease is getting advanced day by day and a permanent solutions would be found in the next few years. Till then the best way to tackle this disease it by managing it effectively and by not losing hope!