A diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease can be scary, but it’s not the end! PD is a neurological disorder that degenerates mostly dopamine-producing parts of the brain, causing symptoms such as tremor, rigid limbs, and gait or balance issues. While this is a serious condition, most people can still have an excellent quality of life with a Parkinson’s diagnosis. However, there is a lot of misinformation of there, and we’re here to set the record straight. Keep reading to learn the top five Parkinson’s myths!
Myth # 1
- “Only elderly people can develop Parkinson’s Disease.”
While PD is mainly considered an elderly person disease, that is not always the case. It is most common in adults over 60, but those under 40 can still develop the condition. 1 in 8 people develop the disease before they are 50, and 1 in 20 people develop the disease before they are 40.
Myth # 2
- “If I have Parkinson’s, I will definitely pass it on to my children/grandchildren.”
The actual cause of PD is not known, but we do know that it is not usually passed on through your genes. However, finding a genetic link is more common if you developed the condition under 50 years old.
Myth # 3
- “Everyone who has Parkinson’s will have a tremor.”
About 70% of people with PD will have a tremor or other motor symptoms. However, non-motor symptoms are prevalent as well and can affect daily even more than motor symptoms. These could include sleep disorders, cognitive delays (or “Parkinson’s Dementia), fatigue, pain, anxiety, depression, and more.
Myth # 4
- “Parkinson’s is a terminal and fatal illness.”
PD is a degenerative disorder and will get worse over time, but most will live 10-20 years after their diagnosis. At this time, there is no cure. Still, with the right medication, regular exercise, physical/cognitive therapy, and in some cases, DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation), symptoms can be controlled enough to have a great quality of life still.
Myth # 5
- “Parkinson’s research has stalled, and there have been no discoveries.”
Parkinson’s research is going on all over the world. Several different studies are researching breakthrough treatments right now. In fact, Centex Studies will be conducting a Parkinson’s research study at our Houston location soon!
Volunteer for Research!
If you, or a loved one, are living with or was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, you may qualify for a research study in the Houston area. Those who are eligible and choose to participate may receive access to potential new treatment options and oversight from the Centex medical team at no cost, no insurance required. Compensation for study-related time and travel is also available after every completed research visit. Click here or call 281-918-0048 to learn more!