Parkinson’s Disease with Sanjeev Kumar, MD, Neurologist, Lawrence Neurology Specialists

Parkinson’s Disease with Sanjeev Kumar, MD, Neurologist, Lawrence Neurology Specialists


Lawrence Memorial Hospital now brings
you better health. What is Parkinson’s? It’s a progressive disorder, neurologic
disorder affecting movement primarily, though there are a lot of non-motor
features of Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s basically is recognized by tremor,
slowness of movements, or rigidity, that’s the cardinal teaching, however, now we are
learning that there, the non-motor features come on a lot earlier. Loss of
smell may be the first symptom of Parkinson’s. There is a sleep problem
called REM sleep behavior disorder where people act their dreams out literally at
night, it may be an early, one of the early signs of Parkinson’s. These things start
very early in the brain, when the disease comes on, you’ve already had it 20 or 25
years. So, there’s no cure for these, but there is prevention, and when I see
people too late in life they ask me “how did I not know about prevention earlier?”
Because, frankly, we didn’t know as much as we know now, and so people need to
know that they can do things in their midlife to decrease their chance of
getting these diseases, these neurodegenerative diseases of
Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. That includes maintaining weight, eating
healthy, exercising, keeping socially, physically, and mentally active. These are
very important. Physical activity may be the number one thing which decreases
risk of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s later on in life, so. Basically you treat with
medications, there are new medications out. Last year there was a new new pill
out for it which we are using more. There are other injections. So there’s
something called off period in Parkinson’s where people just freeze, or
can’t move, or a lot worse, and there’s the on period where, after medication,
people are moving much better. There are injections, April morphine injection that
people can take in these off periods and move better almost right away. And we
have those ability, the ability to do that here, we do that actually.

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