Timely intervention is key to manage the disease, says Dr Pavan Pai, Neurologist, at Wockhardt Hospital
An 81-year-old woman with Parkinson's has been successfully treated at Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road. . The patient who was unable to do her daily activities with ease has resumed her normal routine.
Life was smooth until the patient Aruna Modi, then 80, a resident of Mira Road, suddenly encountered problems with movement and suffered from a urine infection, a year ago. She lost interest in her real-world activities like bathing. She preferred to remain aloof and avoided getting involved in family discussions. Subsequently, she required support for performing daily chores. Her worried family members assumed that she was depressed and took her to various medicos but nothing helped. Aruna was ultimately brought to Neurology OPD at Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road in August 2020.
Dr Pavan Pai, Neurologist, at the Hospital explained “On arrival, a series of tests like MRI confirmed that the patient suffered from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) type of Parkinson's disease.”
Parkinson's disease is a long-term, degenerative, neurological disease that leads to the loss of control over some body functions. It causes slowing of movement, shaking, difficulty in moving the eyes, dull facial expressions, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination. It predominately takes a toll on the dopamine-producing neurons in a specific area of the brain known as substantia nigra. As the disease progresses, one may have difficulty walking and talking, and advanced age is the risk factor for the occurrence of Parkinson's, Dr Rai said.
Watch out for these symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
- Tremor (trembling) in hands, arms, legs, jaw, or head
- Limb stiffness
- Slowness of movement
- Impaired balance and posture
- Swallowing problem
- Urinary incontinence
- Dull facial expressions
- Changes in speech and writing
Aruna was immediately put on dopamine replacement therapy. After a week, the dosage of the medication was increased and she improved a lot. In the 1st week of September 2020, the patient started walking without support and resumed her daily routine. She started having conversations with people and even played cards, the neurologist said. “Around 12% patients visiting me on a daily basis have Parkinson’s disease. Timely intervention is key to manage the disease. On follow-up after eight months, the patient is not only leading a normal life but also started performing activities like cooking which she enjoyed doing earlier," Dr Rai said.
“I was shattered and lost interest in day-to-day life.,” recalled Aruna. “First, I thought it is depression but prompt diagnosis at Wockhardt Hospital, Mira Road confirmed it is Parkinson’s disease,” she said and thanked doctors for giving her a new lease of life.
Aruna’s advise is: “If you are above 60 and suddenly lose interest in daily activities then get yourself checked before the condition worsens.”