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Parkinson’s Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Complications

Parkinson’s Disease is a challenging condition that affects movement, balance, and coordination, often starting with a barely noticeable tremor in one hand. This progressive disorder can lead to various complications, including difficulty thinking, swallowing, and sleeping.

It is the second most common brain disorder in the United States that affects movement. Most people with PD are 60 years or older, but about 5 to 10 percent are diagnosed before they turn 50. While around 500,000 Americans are known to have PD, many people are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Experts think the real number might be closer to 1 million.

At Angel Longevity Medical Center, we understand the profound impact this disease can have on your life. Our Back to Wellness Program, led by Dr. Anju Mathur, offers a comprehensive, holistic approach to managing and alleviating the symptoms of Parkinson’s, helping you regain control and improve your quality of life.

Causes of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease primarily affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine, a chemical messenger responsible for transmitting signals that coordinate movement. While the exact cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, several factors are believed to contribute:

Genetic Mutations

Certain genetic mutations have been linked to Parkinson’s disease, though these changes are rare except in cases where the disease runs in families. Researchers have identified specific genes that may increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s, but these genetic factors are generally uncommon.

Environmental Factors

Exposure to certain environmental toxins and chemicals may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease. For example, prolonged exposure to pesticides and herbicides has been associated with a higher likelihood of developing the condition. However, more research is needed to understand the full impact of environmental factors on Parkinson’s.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s symptoms usually develop gradually and vary from person to person. Here are the primary symptoms to look out for:

Tremors

One of the most recognizable symptoms is a slight shaking or tremor in the hands or fingers. This shaking can also affect the arms and legs and may be more noticeable when the person is at rest.

Bradykinesia (Slow Movement)

People with Parkinson’s often experience a noticeable slowing down of movement, known as bradykinesia. This can make everyday tasks more difficult and time-consuming. It might take longer to perform simple activities, and initiating movement can be challenging.

Muscle Stiffness

Stiff or rigid muscles are another common symptom. This stiffness can occur in any part of the body and may limit the range of motion, causing discomfort and pain.

Balance and Walking Problems

A person’s balance and coordination can be affected, leading to an increased risk of falls. Walking may become shuffling, with shorter steps and a tendency to lean forward.

Other Symptoms

In addition to the primary symptoms, individuals with Parkinson’s disease may experience other changes, including:

  • Writing Changes: Handwriting may become smaller and more cramped.
  • Speech Changes: Speech may become softer, quicker, or slurred.
  • Loss of Automatic Movements: Activities like blinking, smiling, or swinging arms while walking may decrease.
  • Rigid Muscles: Muscles may become more rigid and less flexible.

Complications

Parkinson’s disease can lead to various complications, affecting both physical and mental health. Some of these complications include:

Thinking Difficulties

Cognitive impairment and dementia can occur in the later stages of Parkinson’s disease. These changes may affect memory, problem-solving skills, and decision-making abilities.

Swallowing Issues

Difficulty swallowing, known as dysphagia, can develop as Parkinson’s progresses. This can lead to choking or aspiration of food or liquids into the lungs.

Sleeping Problems

Sleep disturbances are common in people with Parkinson’s disease. These may include difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing vivid dreams.

Urinary Incontinence

Parkinson’s can affect the bladder muscles, leading to urinary incontinence or difficulty urinating.

Emotional Changes

Depression, anxiety, and other emotional changes are frequently associated with Parkinson’s disease. These changes can significantly impact the quality of life and may require treatment and support.

Managing the disease

While there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, various treatments and therapies can help manage symptoms and improve the quality of life for those affected. Medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes are commonly recommended. 

Functional medicine approaches may also be beneficial, focusing on personalized care that addresses the root causes and promotes overall wellness.

Our Treatment Approach: The Back to Wellness Program

Dr. Anju Mathur’s holistic functional approach is centered around her advanced “Back to Wellness Program.” This program is specifically designed to identify and address the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease through a comprehensive and personalized treatment plan. 

As a specialist in this field, Dr. Mathur assists patients with crucial dietary changes and therapies that are essential for managing the condition. She also provides recommendations for the correct nutritional supplements needed for optimal health.

“Our Back to Wellness Program is designed to not only manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease but also to address the underlying causes.” Says Dr. Anju Mathur, “By integrating advanced therapies and personalized care, we aim to help patients lead healthier and more fulfilling lives.”

In the “Back to Wellness Program,” Dr. Mathur utilizes appropriate IV therapies to help alleviate symptoms and promote healing. She advocates for overall lifestyle changes and conducts specialized food allergy and environmental toxicity testing, including assessments for heavy metals and mold exposure.

For many patients, she performs phospholipid exchange therapy to detoxify the body at a cellular level, cleansing the cells of systemic toxins and improving organ function. Chelation therapy is also used to further detoxify the body, enhancing immune system function and overall health.

Dr. Mathur’s “Back to Wellness Program” incorporates these therapies and additional treatments as necessary, with the goal of helping patients achieve optimal health and well-being.

Understanding Parkinson’s disease, its causes, symptoms, and complications, is crucial for effective management and support. Early detection and appropriate treatment can help individuals maintain their quality of life and cope with the challenges posed by this condition. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, consult a healthcare professional for a thorough evaluation and personalized care plan.

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