Who is a Parkinsonologist?
Who is a Parkinsonologist? This is a doctor whose activities are directly related to the treatment of Parkinson's disease, as well as related neurological disorders. The doctor conducts diagnostic activities, prescribes tests and makes a plan for treatment (relief of the symptoms of the disease). Parkinsonologist is a competent specialist who recognizes and treats degenerative diseases of the central nervous system and movement disorders caused by neurological problems.
The main group of patients of the parkinsonologist are elderly people, that is, the older age group. The disease occurs due to the destruction and death of neurons in certain parts of the central nervous system. The task of the parkinsonologist to identify the disease at an early stage of development and begin treatment until the disease has not taken a pathological character.
When should I contact a Parkinsonologist?
As a rule, they seek medical help only if there are symptoms that worsen the quality of life and are related to that or other disease. Let's look at when to apply to a parkinsonologist. The cause for concern is tremor, muscle rigidity, postural instability and hypokinesia. These are the leading symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
According to modern medical requirements, the diagnosis of the disease requires the presence of a symptom such as hypokinesia, that is, motor disorders (slowing down the movement, lowering the motor activity) and one of the leading symptoms. Let's look at the main symptoms of Parkinson's disease, which are the reason for seeking medical help.
- Problems with coordination of movements (trembling of fingers, constrained motor skills, slowing down of action, stoop, slow gait and congealing during movement).
- Constipation and involuntary urination.
- Anxiety, depression for no apparent reason, insomnia.
- It is difficult to chew and swallow food, salivation appears.
- The rate of speech changes significantly (monotony appears) and handwriting (becoming smaller).
In addition to the above symptoms, many patients complain of difficulty during sleep (hard to turn in bed). Such problems with sleep reduce the quality of night rest and significantly affect the daily wakefulness.