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How long can a healthy person survive with parkinson's disease?

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Question: my mother has parkinson's disease for last 10 years. the medicine dosage was recently increased. She has hand shivering and her movements are slow. please advise as to how long a normally healthy person with parkinson's disease can leave an active life. she is taking parkinson's specific medicine from a specialist which is 13 tablets daily. Won't such a quantity harm her in future? is this a killer disease?
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Answered by Dr. Praveen K Nath (1 hour later)
Brief Answer: PARKINSON ,S DISEASE Detailed Answer: DEAR SIR/MA,AM HELLO MY BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY TO YOUR MOTHER I have gone through your mother,s medical history in detail She is on treatment for parkinson,s disease for last 10 years. Parkinson,s in itself is not a killer disease . It is NOT CURABLE , BUT CONTROLLABLE . A PERSON WITH PARKINSON ,S DISEASE CAN LEAD AN ACTIVE LIFE FOR LONGER PERIODS , may be at suboptimal level. May i suggest you 1 To continue her regular medications . as advised by neurologist . 2 At times medications need to be increased , as it,s an ongoing ageing disease. 3 Most of these medicines don,t harm the body as these are meant for chronic use 4 Neuro rehabilitation is very much helpful in this disease . 5. You can make some arrangements like WALKER for walking , HANDLES ALONG THE WALL for walking freely at home , HANDLES IN BATHROOM for sittin & standing up Thanx Hope this answers your querries DR XXXXXXX K XXXXXXX DIRECTOR DEPTT. OF NEUROSURGERY
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Brief Answer: PARKINSON ,S DISEASE Detailed Answer: DEAR SIR/MA,AM HELLO MY BEST WISHES FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY TO YOUR MOTHER I have gone through your mother,s medical history in detail She is on treatment for parkinson,s disease for last 10 years. Parkinson,s in itself is not a killer disease . It is NOT CURABLE , BUT CONTROLLABLE . A PERSON WITH PARKINSON ,S DISEASE CAN LEAD AN ACTIVE LIFE FOR LONGER PERIODS , may be at suboptimal level. May i suggest you 1 To continue her regular medications . as advised by neurologist . 2 At times medications need to be increased , as it,s an ongoing ageing disease. 3 Most of these medicines don,t harm the body as these are meant for chronic use 4 Neuro rehabilitation is very much helpful in this disease . 5. You can make some arrangements like WALKER for walking , HANDLES ALONG THE WALL for walking freely at home , HANDLES IN BATHROOM for sittin & standing up Thanx Hope this answers your querries DR XXXXXXX K XXXXXXX DIRECTOR DEPTT. OF NEUROSURGERY