Picking Your Doctors

Selecting your general practitioner and neurologist are 2 of the most important decisions that you will make when it comes to your Parkinson’s treatment. It is in your best interest and well-being to know the various drugs and treatments that are available for your condition.

Here are 5 things to consider when picking youir doctors if you have Parkinson’s disease:

1) Is your neurologist a movement disorder specialist? If you have early-onset PD, you may want to seek out a doctor with this credential.

2) Does your general practitioner understand PD and the potential dangers of the combinations of other medicines and surgeries that when combined with PD meds can lower or increase your blood pressure? Make sure your physician understands the medical side-effects of your drugs.

3) Consult a PD local support group for a referral of a good doctor. You’ll hear patients who are satisfied and unhappy with their doctors.

4) Research your doctors on the web. Start with Google and Yahoo. (I’ll have more detailed sites in a future posting.)

5) Keep a notebook with questions about any symptoms or changes that you may be experiencing. It is helpful to know what symptoms are medicinal side-effects and what might be due to the progression of Parkinson’s.

These are just a few tips that I hope you will find helpful. I am not a doctor.

Send me some of your tips.



About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over twenty-five years. Karl believes he has had PD since he was seventeen years old and was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty, he is a Parkinson advocate, entrepreneur, inventor, writer, blogger, photographer, Reiki Master, and speaker on PD issues. Karl is the author of the book, A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease. He has been chosen as a blogger partner for the 4th World Parkinson Congress being held this September in Portland, Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His writing has been featured in The New York Post and he has appeared on BBC radio, the CBS Saturday Evening News, Japanese television, as well as several local Washington, D.C., television stations. Karl is a former board member and a Virginia assistant state director of the Parkinson’s Action Network and a board member of the Parkinson Voice Project. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, visit his blog at www.asoftvoice.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd.

Posted on October 2, 2008, in Health, Parkinson's Disease, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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