Being diagnosed with a serious illness like Parkinson's often comes as a shock. You may find it hard to think of everything you want to ask your doctor.
It might help to make a list of questions before your appointment. You could also take notes during your visit, or bring a close friend or relative with you to ask questions and jot down information.
Here are some questions you may want to ask.
Have I definitely got Parkinson's disease? Or could my symptoms be caused by something else?
I'd like to see a specialist. Can you recommend a doctor who specialises in Parkinson's disease?
Will my symptoms get worse?
What drugs can I take to ease my symptoms?
What drug can I take to delay starting levodopa?
Do the drugs have side effects?
What can I do to reduce the side effects of the drugs?
Could surgery help me?
What are the risks of surgery?
Could physiotherapy help me?
Could occupational therapy help me?
Could speech therapy help me?
Does Parkinson's run in my family? Will other people in my family get Parkinson's disease?
If you are caring for someone with Parkinson's disease, you may want to ask these questions on that person's behalf. You should also ask what kind of help and support you can expect from health care professionals. You shouldn't have to cope alone.
Physiotherapy is a way of using movements or exercises to help people's bodies heal.
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