Parkinsons disease blog post
Parkinson disease is a mysterious topic as to the day as its roots remain unknown to the day.
It is described as advance neurological disorder that effects the motor functions of a human body. Along with these symptoms the disease has symptoms that can deter a change in speech, facial expression, chewing ability and even introduce sleeping problems.
The first citing of this disease was during the early 1800’s where the name of this grave disease were uncovered ; the disease is named after the English doctor James Parkinson, who published the first detailed description in An Essay on the Shaking Palsy, in 1817. The disease has been quoted the worst way to die; with some people even chosng to take part in assisted suicide then to die a slow painful death.
Parkinson disease has stages that are divided in five major stages each stage is a milestone for different symptoms:
Symptoms such as tremors along one side of the body will be present at this stage. Often the symptoms are mild enough not to interfere with an average life, but slight changes in walking, posture, facial expressions can be noticed by those around them.
Both sides of the body may be affected by more significant worsened tremors or rigidity and stiffness. Issues with posture and walking may become noticeable and everyday activities may be harder to achieve but patients will still be able to do things for themselves.
As most motor symptoms become worse and eventualy fail , patients may begin to experience loss of balance leading to falls and movement can become very slow. Although many patients can still live independently they may have difficulty in everyday activities such as eating or dressing.
In this advanced stage, symptoms are now extremely limiting the patient. Most patients can still stand without assistance but movement is greatly contrasting and unpararal. Most will need help with everyday activities and will not be able to look after themselves. It is wise to gather assistance in form of nurses or family. The patient is slowly going to lose control over his/her own body.
This stage is the most advance stage of this disease. Also the most gruesome. In the final stages of Parkinson most will be unable to walk or stand they will need assistance in every stage of life even possibly including eating. There are some complications with memory issues; the reason for this is unknown but scientists and doctors suspect disease effecting the memory storing components of the brain.
Impact of the disease on individuals and society
It is reported by Apollo hospitals that in india alone there are one million cases of Parkinson’s disease every annum. Although 90% of the patients are over 60% this disease reduces the economic production and consumption of the country.
With society recognizing each an every member by their deeds the patients are usually outcasts in society since both there memory and physicalities are effected. A tHe patients are unfortunatley even labeled as a burden to society.
Patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) experience progressive disability and reduced quality of life due to both motor and non-motor complications. The cost of disease escalates as PD’s stages progresses, placing an economic burden on the healthcare system, society and patients themselves.
Overall costs of medical fees estimates vary from country to country, but the largest component of direct cost is the inpatient care and nursing home costs, while prescription drugs are the smallest contributor due to subsidies. Indirect costs arising from lost productivity and carer burden tend to be high especially when the person is disabled to work.
This therefore slows the economy down majorly as many of the diseases costs are transfered to the goverment.
There are some backlashes against the patients due to some belief in backward communities that a patient is possesed however this is rare and almost nonexistent
The other system that the disease impacts is the workforce of an country.
What techniques can be used to diagnose the disease?
There are therepies to reduce the pain caused by the disease however there is no direct cue for this disease. There are pills that reduce the impact for a short term. The pain can be controlled by using medical maruajna (CBD) however there are variables that make the cost of these indirect cures very expensive and inaffordable.\