With more than 200,000 cases of Parkinson’s Disease arising each year just within the United States alone, and with more than 10 million people estimated to be living with PD globally, it is safe to say that this medical condition is common and affects a large number of individuals worldwide. For those with Parkinson’s Disease, they are not alone. By itself, Parkinson’s Disease is not fatal, but does make quality of life uncomfortable without proper treatment. The real issue exists when complications due to Parkinson’s Disease arise, which can in turn become especially serious. Some patients of medical marijuana have described and reported real success with calming some of their Parkinson’s Disease symptoms.
Continue on to discover information regarding Parkinson’s Disease and how marijuana can help…
Parkinson’s disease is a slowly developing degenerative brain disease. It is classified as a “movement disorder” because the damage it does to your brain affects your ability to move parts of your body when you want (or don’t want) them to move.
The disease was named after the doctor, James Parkinson, who detailed the first definitive and descriptive instance of it. In the early 1800s, Parkinson published “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy,” which described a new medical condition as “paralysis agitans,” where he laid out some of the disease’s main qualities. These symptoms included “a slight sense of weakness” and “a proneness to trembling in some certain part” of the body, like your head, arms, or hands. He defined the disease as follows:
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to starting medication for Parkinson’s. So, in this blog, we explore some of the frequently asked questions and round-up the current evidence behind the answers.
Quick summary if you’re in hurry
- Are very effective for controlling the main movement symptoms and can also be helpful for some of the non-movement symptoms.
- Can have side effects — both in the shorter and longer term. Not everyone will experience severe problems, and medication can usually be adjusted to minimise them.
- Do not suddenly ‘stop working’, but it becomes more challenging to manage symptoms and minimise side effects as the condition progresses.
But we still don’t know for sure…
- Whether Parkinson’s drugs have any effect — positive, negative or neutral — on the underlying rate of the progression of Parkinson’s.
- If any particular type of medication is ‘best’ in the initial stages or in the long term.
Parkinson’s disease (PD) pain is unique, so finding words to describe it is difficult. Not all those with a diagnosis experience pain. But for some, like me, pain is the major, disabling symptom. It is important to find words that describe the pain experience as clearly as possible. There is no “grin and bear it,” nor is this “a pity party.” Instead, this is a search for accurate articulation of the pain experience to help maintain quality of life.
Pain may be an early symptom of PD, according to a study presented at the 2018 World Congress on Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders titled “Pain: A marker of prodromal Parkinsons disease?” The American Parkinson Disease Association published research that supports the connection of pain with Parkinson’s, suggesting that if the pain is relieved with dopaminergic medication and the patient has a pattern of painful sensations that correlate to “off” episodes, more credence can be given to the idea that the pain is PD-related.
What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease (Parkinsonism) is marked by the presence of certain recognizable symptoms. These include uncontrollable shaking or tremor, lack of coordination, and speaking difficulties. However, symptoms vary and may worsen as the disease progresses.
The main symptoms of Parkinson’s include:
- uncontrollable shaking and tremors
- slowed movement (bradykinesia)
- balance difficulties and eventual problems standing up
- stiffness in limbs
Many doctors who diagnose this brain disorder rely on the Hoehn and Yahr rating scale to classify the severity of symptoms. The scale is broken into five stages based on disease progression. The five stages help doctors evaluate how far the disease has advanced.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that causes dopamine levels to drop. When most people think about the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, they picture tremors, muscle stiffness, slow movement, and loss of balance. These symptoms are present in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s disease affects each individual differently. Some people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease early in life and remain in the early stages for many years. Others will skip stages or rapidly progress to end-stage Parkinson’s disease.
By 2040, the number of people who develop Parkinson’s will double.1 And the reason for this surge may be simple. You see, the disease is becoming more prevalent…especially in older people who aren’t getting the right kinds of nutrients.
That means you can help stop it from catching up with you by getting the nutrients that protect your brain. Here are the top five things that help you avoid Parkinson’s disease.
Parkinson’s affects about 1 million Americans
It’s estimated that 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease. It’s a neurological disorder typically seen in older adults — affecting about 2% of people over age 65.
About 50 – 80% of people with Parkinson’s develop Parkinson’s disease dementia, but the dementia symptoms usually take 10 – 15 years to appear.
We explain what Parkinson’s disease is, how Parkinson’s disease dementia is different from Lewy body, other causes of dementia-like symptoms, and how to find a helpful support group.
As Parkies, we know that every day will be a guessing game as to how you will be feeling. You wake up in the morning and spin that wheel. What will it land on? Maybe rigidity, tremor, freezing… or… maybe you will hit the jackpot with slower than a geriatric slug on a salted snowed-in street. Although the guessing game can be fun, it can be a bit exhausting when you try to make plans. You never know how your Parkinson’s will behave. Furthermore, if you have a good day, you will not be able to recreate it. You could even groundhog that day by wearing the same outfit, eating the same foods and doing the same activities, but each day will still be different.
A new therapy that appears to stop Parkinson’s disease “in its tracks” will begin phase-one clinical trials in humans next year.
The therapy, developed by researchers at the University of Queensland – and partly under-written by the Michael J Fox Foundation – is a world first because it stops the death of brain cells in Parkinson’s sufferers rather than managing symptoms.
If human trials echo the stunning results in animal testing, the inflammation of the brain that causes so much of the progressive damage in Parkinson’s disease (PD) could be halted by taking a single pill each day.
UQ Faculty of Medicine researcher Associate Professor Trent Woodruff said the key to the new therapy is a small molecule, MCC950 – a compound developed and abandoned 10 years ago by a big pharma company that didn’t understand how it actually worked.
At that stage, though, inflammation in the Parkinson’s brain was less well understood.