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Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a condition which affects the brain. It can cause problems such as shaking and stiffness, that get worse over time, leading to difficulty in undertaking every-day activity for the patient.

Parkinson’s can occur as a result of a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain, but it’s not clear exactly why this happens.

Although Parkinson’s disease is not directly responsible for patients dying, it can place a great strain on the body and make some people more susceptible to serious and life-threatening infections. It’s thought that around 1 in 500 people are affected by Parkinson’s disease and men are slightly more likely to get the disease than women.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

The 3 main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are:

  • Involuntary shaking / tremors of particular parts of the body
  • Stiff and inflexible muscles
  • Slow movement

Those patients with Parkinson’s disease can also experience a wide range of other physical and psychological symptoms including:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Problems with balance, which can lead to falls
  • A loss of sense of smell
  • Insomnia
  • Problems retaining information / memory

Treatments for Parkinson’s disease

Although there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are some treatments available that can help to reduce the main symptoms and maintain quality of life for as long as possible. These include:

  • Supportive treatments (physiotherapy and occupational therapy)
  • Medications
  • Brain surgery

If you are experiencing the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, you may not require any medical treatment, however, it’s important that you are monitored for signs that the disease is worsening and reaches a stage when you may need assistance.

How can cannabis medication help a patient with Parkinson’s disease?

Cannabis medication has been used since ancient times for relieving pain and improving sleep and for many other purposes including the relief of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Cannabis medication can offer anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. Neuroprotection is of particular interest in Parkinson’s due to the loss of dopamine-producing neurons in the brain. It is also thought that cannabis medication may help with movement symptoms such as tremor, slowness and levodopa-induced dyskinesia. It can also help to alleviate non-motor symptoms such as pain, sleep problems, anxiety, depression, memory problems and hallucinations.

Am I suitable for relief from my Parkinson’s disease symptoms at Integro Clinic?

Before we advise on a suitable plan of action for the relief of your Parkinson’s disease symptoms,  we will assess the type of symptoms, severity, functional impact and context. After a thorough examination and medical history check, your clinician will make recommendations for pain management or other investigations. Following this initial assessment, we can provide a plan, which may include medical cannabis to help manage your symptoms.

When conventional treatments reach their limit, our work begins.

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