Get answers to these questions so you can take better care of yourself.
Q: Why is this medication being prescribed/What symptoms signal a problem, and how should I respond?
You want to make sure you have a completeunderstanding of your medication regimen, including potential drug interactions and side effects.
Q: How will you monitor my Parkinson’s treatment/Who will coordinate my care?
Find out who your main contact is, when you should return for your next visit, and how frequently your medication schedule will be evaluated and adjusted.
Q: What other professionals do you recommend I see?
Ask for a referral to a physical therapist, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist and social worker. Ideally, you’ll be assessed by these providers at least once.
Q: What types of exercise and wellness activities are most suitable for me?
It’s a good idea to find out about local exercise classes and support groups geared toward people with movement disorders.
Q: What happens if I begin to feel depressed?
People with chronic health problems are most at risk for depression. If you think you may be depressed, ask your doctor to screen you.
Q: Can you recommend a dermatologist?
People with Parkinson’s have a higher risk of developing melanoma, a potentially lethal skin cancer, and should be screened once a year.
Q: What are the best ways to prevent or manage constipation?
Ask your doctor about strategies to relieve symptoms such proper dietary fiber intake or changes in medication.
Q: What treatment options are available for sleep disturbances?
More than three-fourths of people with Parkinson’s report sleep-related symptoms.
Q: What are the latest developments in Parkinson’s treatment/Is there a clinical trialappropriate for me?
Clinical trials are research studies that give patients access to promising new medical treatments that aren’t available yet to the public.
Q: What hospital should I go to in an emergency?
People living with Parkinson’s have higher hospitalization rates. Discuss the “what if” scenarios with your doctor. Tell your doctor about Aware in Care.
Please contact the NPF Helpline, 1-800-4PD-INFO (1-800-473-4636), if you would like to discuss questions you should ask your doctor on your next visit.