What Everyone Needs to Know About Parkinson's
It’s estimated that currently, over 200,000 people in the UK alone have Parkinson’s. And this number is growing daily. It’s more common in Adults, but can happen to anyone.
Mary Leggett a Parkinson's Specialist Nurse in Manchester, spoke to us on our podcast. Her comments are very interesting - listen here:
Mary has been using YOURmeds in Manchester to support Parkinson’s patients take the right meds at the right time. You can try YOURmeds here:
It’s easy to confuse a Parkinson’s tremor for essential tremor, but it’s crucial you don’t. Here’s what to look out for:
A Parkinson’s tremor is one of the main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and is often described as a “pill-rolling” tremor, meaning that the fingers and thumb are used to make circular movements similar to rolling a pill between them. Parkinson’s tremors are typically present at rest and disappear with movement.
An essential tremor, on the other hand, is a different condition that’s characterized by a rhythmic tremor that usually affects the hands and arms, but can also affect the head, voice, and other parts of the body. Essential tremors are often more apparent during movement and can be worsened by stress or anxiety.
You should note that while both tremors can present similar symptoms, they’re caused by different underlying conditions and have different treatment options. Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder that affects the nervous system, while essential tremor is a neurological disorder that is not progressive.
Misunderstanding the difference between the two can have dangerous consequences, as the treatment for Parkinson’s tremors is not effective for essential tremors, and vice versa. It’s important to consult with a Neurologist to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.
Your GP can provide you with information about local neurologists and help you schedule an appointment. It’s also worth checking with your insurance provider to know the list of neurologists covered under your insurance plan.
WHAT’S AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT PARKINSON’S
YOURmeds supporting Parkinson's patients take their medication.
Medication must be taken on time or it can seriously impact the patient’s health.
They may not be able to move, get out of bed, swallow, walk or talk. A delay of just 30 minutes can lead to serious health consequences.
The average person with Parkinson’s may find themselves on up to 9 rounds a day.
Manchester Local Care Organisation has been using YOURmeds to support people with Parkinson’s in the community to manage their medication more effectively.
YOURmeds increased medication adherence to 87% (a huge increase from the national average of 50%). Helping patients to boost their health, independence and wellbeing.