Can Stress Make Parkinson’s Disease Worse?

Stress is according to the researches, the pervasiveness of various diseases. There is ample evidence that the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease worsen with stress. The impact of psychological stress on Parkinson’s disease is essentially adversely negative, making the progression of the disease faster.

Can Stress Make Parkinson's Disease Worse?

How to Reduce Stress In Order To Manage Parkinson’s Disease?

Prolonged psychological stress actually may worsen the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and thus stress management is essentially required. The various stress management techniques would include-

Yoga: The patient should involve himself in practicing meditation, breathing exercises and yoga. This may not only help in stress management, but also keep the body fit.

Reduce Activities: Special care should be taken by elders with Parkinson’s disease. The caregivers along with the patients should determine if certain activities increase the patient’s stress level. Once this is determined, means to eliminate such activities in order to reduce stress should be devised.

Support Groups: Assistance of the support groups should be taken by parkinson’s disease patients as they provide various techniques of stress management.

In-home Caregivers: In-home caregivers can help the parkinson’s disease patients with daily activities like planning and preparing meals and light house-keeping to relieve some form of stress.

What are the Early Signs Of Parkinson’s Disease?

The early signs of parkinson’s disease may include-

  • Presence of tremors and uncontrolled shaking.
  • Marked sign of small handwriting.
  • Sleeping problems like insomnia.
  • Difficulty with walking and moving.
  • Difficulty in standing straight.
  • Feeling of dizziness and fainting.
  • Marked posture irregularity like leaning or slouching.
  • Problems of constipation.
  • Frequent mood swings.

How to Care For Someone With Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that demands proper care for the patient. Since it adversely affects the motor abilities of the patient, a caregiver is extremely important who can take care of the patient. The major aim of the caregiver should involve-

Support: The caregiver plays an important role in maintaining the quality of life of the patient with Parkinson’s disease.

Keep Track: The caregiver should be responsible for keeping a track of all the appointments with the doctor.

Give Medicines on Time: The caregiver has to make a note of all the medications prescribed to the patient by the doctor and give him those medicines time to time.

Health Diet: The caregiver should be aware of the general health of the patient. The patient should have a balanced and healthy diet and exercise regularly. This should be checked by the person who takes care of the patient.

Learn about Parkinson’s Disease: The caregiver should make attempts to educate himself about the signs and symptoms of the Parkinson’s disease along with the treatment protocol and the progression of the disease.

Emotional Support: The love and care offered to the patient by the caregiver can help him deal better with the mental turmoil accompanying the disease.

Can You Reverse Parkinson’s Disease?

According to the medical researches, as of now there is no official way to reverse Parkinson’s disease. It is said to be progressive disease in which Patients often suffer from cognitive decline. The treatments which exist can help ease the symptoms but never reverse the disease completely.

How to Cope Up With Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is progressive and eventually affects every aspect of life from social engagements to work and normal life routines. The gradual loss of independence may be difficult but being well informed about the disease may reduce the anxiety to a large extent. There are various support groups that offer valuable information to patients with such disease and how to cope with the same. These groups provide emotional support and also advice the patients with regard to finding experienced doctors, therapists and other related information.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:September 25, 2018

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