Carla's Story - Page 10

HOW DOCTORS DIAGNOSE PARKINSON’S It may come as a surprise, but there is no test to confirm whether or not a person has PD. PD is a clinical diagnosis and most of the time, the neurologist orders brain scans and blood tests to rule out any other medical conditions, which may have symptoms similar to PD. So, a neurologist will make the diagnosis based on: Carla and her granddaughte r, Ellie. Carla said, ‘I did get to smile that day! • A detailed medical history and physical examination. • A detailed history of current and past medications, to make sure a patient is not taking medications that can cause symptoms similar to PD. • A detailed neurological examination during which a neurologist will ask a patient to perform tasks to assess the agility of arms and legs, muscle tone, gait and balance. • A patient’s response to medications (that imitate or stimulate the production of dopamine) causing a significant improvement in symptoms is how the diagnosis of PD is made clinically. Source: National Parkinson’s Foundation No one else really gets it. No one else faces and bodies of those much more really can understand, except perhaps advanced in the disease than you. You the person who has walked a mile in don’t see yourself shaking to the point your shoes. Carla found friendship and of being distracting, or certainly never solace from the various support groups in a wheelchair. If you haven’t accepted she has attended. But what they don’t the harsh reality و[