By Abraham Lieberman
A patient-oriented consultant to dealing with Parkinson ailment and the actual and emotional problems linked to the affliction.
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The mask-like or expressionless face that is characteristic of PD results, in part, from rigidity of your facial muscles. Many people with PD have “cogwheel rigidity,” in which the arm or leg “catches” during movement, resembling the way a cog catches in a wheel. The small, illegible, compressed handwriting and the decreased eye blinking of people with PD are related, in part, to rigidity. Bradykinesia means slow (brady) movement (kinesis). In addition to slow movement, bradykinesia also includes an incompleteness of movement, a difficulty in initiating movement, and an arrest of ongoing movement associated with this slowness.
You’ll snap at minor slights or disappointments. If this happens, stop, think, and do the following: Learn healthy ways to channel anger. 42 1. Recognize that having PD does not excuse being angry with others. Facing the reasons for behavior is the beginning of self-awareness, and self-awareness is the first step in coping with, adjusting to, and eventually controlling PD. 2. Understand that loved ones are also upset because you have PD and are trying to be supportive, although they don’t know how.
Understanding these symptoms can reduce their impact. There are several such symptoms, and although it’s not possible to address them all, the most common ones are as follows. Retropulsion begin involuntarily propelled backward when trying to walk forward. 24 • Difficulty walking. This is common in PD, and for many it is a major problem. Difficulty walking results from a combination of slowness of movement and postural instability. In PD your steps become shorter and shorter and you sometimes shuffle.
100 Questions & Answers About Parkinson Disease by Abraham Lieberman