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Dr. S. Mohan Das, Friday, November 8, 2019

The onset of these symptoms is likely to get you to a general physician initially as the patient himself will not be able to conclude what disease he is having unless otherwise, he has enough knowledge about it. The physician will put you in touch with a neurologist as we know that the Parkinson’s disease treatment can be taken care of only be a neuro disorders specialist.

As a person with an ailment we tend toget inquisitive and anxious about various things. Here are a few things that you can do prior appointment and the responsesyou thereby get from yourParkinson’s disease specialist.

The things to do –

  • Make a note of the medicines you are taking for any other diseases.
  • Make sure you speak to your doctor about any major changes or stress that you have been undergoing.
  • Note down the questions that you may want to ask
  • There’s a tendency to forget the inputs the doc gives you hence tag along a friend. He might be resourceful.
  • Make a note of the symptoms you are experiencing which are unrelated to the disease.

It’s very important to make the best use of your appointment with the limited time you get to spend with your doctor.Parkinson’s disease best treatment can be given when the symptoms are closely observed and addressed. Your questions to your doctor regarding the disease shouldinclude-

  • What are the stages of the disease and what to expect for?
  • What websites should you look up for or any book or printed material that could help you prepare and understand the disease?
  • How to address the on-going medical conditions?
  • What are the reasons for these symptoms?
  • Are there any other possible citations for the disease to occur?
  • What are the treatments available and which treatment best suit him?
  • What are the side effects that you can expect?
  • Are there any other treatments if the current treatment doesn’t respond well?
  • Will he have to undergo a lifelong care?
  • What are the tests that you have to go for and are there any special preparations to be made prior tests?

Do clear all your doubts and queries that you may get during the conversation with your doctor during the appointment. It will help you be at ease with yourself.

The possible responses or questions from the specialist to you could be-

The doctor too can understand the disease better only when he knows what his patient is experiencing which further helps him give an effective treatment. This in turn helps the patient in understanding the severityof the disease and prepares him for all the probable situations it will take him through. Hence, he might ask the following questions.Also touch upon those points again which you have not been able to comprehend.

  • Since when have you been experiencing these symptoms?
  • Is there anything that you have noticed that has helped you improve the symptoms?
  • Or is there anything that has worsened it?
  • Are these symptoms bothering you on daily basis or it’s just once in a while?



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