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The Path of Parkinson's

Warning signs, causes, and hope for Parkinson's disease.

It's a disease that's been around for centuries. Back in 175 AD, Galen named the condition “shaking palsy,” but it wasn't recognized as a medical condition until the early 19th century when a British doctor named James Parkinson published a lengthy essay on the disease that came to be known as Parkinson's. In the late 1990s, the well-known actor Michael J. Fox brought this degenerative disease into the spotlight with his diagnosis at the early age of 30. The foundation named for Fox works to raise money with the goal of discovering a cure for this disease.

While progress has been made in understanding Parkinson's, much still remains a mystery. Here's what's known so far.

A Slow Start

At first, you may notice a slight tremor in your fingers or hand, even when relaxed. Your thumb and forefinger may involuntarily rub against each other. Your face may lack expression or your voice sound quieter than usual. When you walk your arms don't swing like they once did. The tremors and tightness may only affect one side of your body in the beginning and may be so mild that you hardly notice them.

As time goes by, your symptoms become more noticeable and can't be ignored. You feel stiff and can't move as quickly as you once could, making daily activities tough and even painful. You aren't able to stand up straight and easily lose your balance. Things you once did without a second thought like blinking, swallowing, smiling, or gesturing become difficult and forced.

Speech problems (such as slurring or rushing your words and talking in a soft, monotone voice), depression, difficulty sleeping, dementia, constipation, incontinence, and fatigue are additional issues associated with Parkinson's.

What's to Blame?

If someone could answer this question, a cure could be on the horizon for the 7 to 10 million people around the world who suffer from Parkinson's disease. In the brains of those with Parkinson's, the nerve cells responsible for producing the brain chemical messenger dopamine begin to degenerate and die. Without enough dopamine, symptoms like those listed above begin to develop.

Though the cause is unknown, scientists have uncovered several factors that may play a small role. Gene mutations passed down in families may increase one's risk of developing Parkinson's. A viral infection may be the cause or exposure to environmental toxins such as carbon monoxide, herbicides, pesticides, or inhaling the mineral manganese.

The moment I understood this—that my Parkinson's was the one thing I wasn't going to change —I started looking at the things I could change, like the way research is funded. - Michael J. Fox

Is There Hope?

Great strides have been made in the treatment of Parkinson's. Since people with the disease have low dopamine levels in their brains, medications work to increase the production of this chemical or mimic its effects, thereby helping to control symptoms. Medications, however, aren't without side effects and may begin to lose effectiveness over time.

Regular exercise can help manage symptoms by strengthening muscles, improving balance, and reducing depression. A healthy diet can help lower the likelihood of dealing with constipation.

For those with severe Parkinson's, a surgical procedure known as deep brain stimulation may be the answer for symptomatic relief. Through this procedure, electrical impulses are sent to the brain with the goal of reducing tremors, stiffness, and involuntary movements.

Cutting-edge medical technology is working to develop additional treatment for Parkinson's using stem cells or nerve growth factor cells to trigger the brain into producing dopamine on its own.