Coping with Symptoms & Side Effects

How can the symptoms and side effects of Parkinson's disease be most effectively managed?  While there is no cure for PD, there are medications available that can significantly ease its movement symptoms, such as tremor and stiffness and a variety strategies and therapies (physical, occupational and speech) available to complement the use of Parkinson's medications.

It is important to note that Parkinson's manifests in many ways other than the more visible movement symptoms. Fatigue, constipation, and sleep problems are a few such examples of common nonmotor symptoms of Parkinson's. Many people report that these symptoms are more troubling, and interfere more with daily life, than motor symptoms. For these symptoms too, there are effective therapies.

As Parkinson's progresses, you may experience one or more of the symptoms listed below. Over time, you may find that symptoms may change or worsen. You may also find that there are certain symptoms you never experience at all.

What can a person with Parkinson's disease do to manage symptoms as they change over time? Working with your health care team, stay informed on the latest research and treatment strategies, and browse the information here and available in other PDF resources for tips on taking charge of PD on a daily basis.

Recognizing your symptoms, and understanding how they may affect your quality of life, is a first step toward living well with Parkinson’s.

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