Parkinson’s, a slowly progressing disease

Eskişehir Provincial Health Director Prof. Dr. Uğur Bilge provided important information about the disease and made a statement on the occasion of April 11, World Parkinson’s Day. Bilge said: “Parkinson’s disease was first described in 1817 by English physician James Parkinson as “shaking paralysis”. He noted that it is celebrated as World Parkinson’s Day.

On the subject, Prof. Dr. Uğur Bilge continued as follows;

“Parkinson’s is a slowly progressive disease that occurs with age.

The most well-known symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, which occur with age, are slowed movements and tremors. While it is most commonly seen in people between the ages of 50 and 75, it is seen in one in 100 people after age 65 and in one in 20 people after age 85. However, one should not think that the disease only affects the elderly. In ten percent of patients, the symptoms of the disease may appear before the age of 40, and in some special familial forms, the age of onset may be before the age of 20. The disease usually starts insidiously and the symptoms progress extremely slowly but gradually over years, so that patients often cannot tell exactly when the disease starts. By the time patients become aware of the first symptom, some of the symptoms of the disease may have started long ago. Often the first symptom in the vast majority of PwPs is a tremor in a finger or hand. Less commonly, it can start with tremors. In some patients, shrinkage in letters or a dull expression on the face when writing is the first symptom. Particularly in young patients, the first symptom is inward contraction of one foot. In almost all patients, the symptoms only occur in one half of the body and over time they become milder in the other half of the body. The rate of disease progression and the type and severity of symptoms vary from patient to patient. The main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are trembling, slowed movements, twitching in one or more limbs (arm or leg), failure to swing the arms when walking, loss of movements such as facial expressions and gestures, walking slowly, small steps or shuffling , leaning body position, soft and low voice, monotonous speech, impaired handwriting, illegibility, mouth drooling, difficulty swallowing, weakness, fatigue, mood changes, depression, unexplained problems, constipation, excessive sweating, low blood pressure and pain, muscle spasms , ‘he said.

“It is estimated that there are about 100,000 Parkinson’s patients”

Referring to the importance of exercise in Parkinson’s disease patients, Provincial Health Director Prof. Dr. Uğur Bilge said, “Exercise is very important alongside the medical treatment in Parkinson’s patients. It is known that physically fit patients are better able to cope with the long course of illness. Exercises have a positive effect, especially on muscle stiffness and slowness of movement, as far as possible. Since Parkinson’s disease is a long-term, slowly progressive disease, the patient and his family should cooperate with the doctor in its treatment over many years. Joint efforts will ensure both the management of the symptoms that bother the patient and the achievement of a better standard of living for the patient. It is estimated that there are about 100,000 Parkinson’s patients in Turkey, and about 10,000 new patients are added each year.

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