What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive and degenerative disease that is classified as a brain disorder. It is caused by the death of dopaminergic neurons resulting in dopamine deficiency.
The progress of the disease and the possibility of affecting other functions besides movement have a negative impact on the patients’ quality of life. This disease appears at the age of 68 for men and 70 for women. Sometimes, a limited number of patients have Parkinson’s disease when they are just twenty years old.
What are the Symptoms?
The main signs of the disease are resting tremor, stiffness, bradycardia, and postural instability. Although the disease mainly involves functions that control mobility, it often compromises emotional and psychiatric functions such as depression and dementia.
How to diagnose it?
The diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is not easy and today it is always carried out by a multidisciplinary team in Turkey and Istanbul. The neurologist formulates a hypothesis based on the clinical history and the evaluation of neurological symptoms and signs.
Magnetic resonance imaging, PET scan, and myocardial scintigraphy serve as support for clinical diagnosis. The neurologist is in charge of deciding the kinds of tests that are required to detect the disease. For a correct diagnosis, it is also necessary to exclude other diseases that may occur with signs and symptoms that are very similar to those of Parkinson’s disease.
How to Cure Parkinson’s Disease in Turkey and Istanbul?
It is important to recognize that there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease. Nevertheless, there are numerous types of treatment which make it possible to manage symptoms effectively for many years, allowing the patient to lead a relatively normal life. With the help of a neurologist, the patient can decide which therapy is the best option for their specific symptoms and needs. The best doctors in Turkey and Istanbul can provide you with pharmacological, surgical, and rehabilitative treatments. In order to manage the disease in an effective way, patients are often treated with different therapies.
The Pharmacological Treatment
Antiparkinsonian drugs such as dopamine agonists and levodopa are prescribed in order to increase the level of dopamine reaching the brain or stimulate the brain areas where dopamine acts. The response to therapy is individual and it is important that medicines are prescribed and adapted to the specific needs of each patient. As the disease progresses, patients may require higher dosages or different types of medications to keep the symptoms under control. However, this may lead to an increase of side effects such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness, psychosis, and dyskinesia. When the therapy through medicines is no longer able to control effectively the symptoms, other therapies are used.
Surgery in Turkey & Istanbul
Deep brain stimulation surgery is a safe, effective, adjustable, and reversible therapy that involves the implantation of devices that allow the electrical stimulation of precise points of the brain with the aim of modulating the signals that cause the disabling motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Rehabilitative treatment plays an increasingly important role in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and is proposed as a real therapeutic treatment that is effective for motor recovery, balance, cognitive functions, and quality of life of the patient.
The doctors who work at the clinics of Turquie Santé seek to treat diseases of the central and peripheral nervous system at the cheapest prices. These neurological disorders include diseases such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, or other cerebrovascular diseases.