It is estimated that 1.5 million people have Parkinson's disease. Approximately 40,000 will be diagnosed this year with 10-20% of those being Young Onset.
Parkinson's is the #1 movement disorder disease. There are more people suffering with Parkinson's disease than those with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease combined. In neurological disorders, Parkinson's is second only to Alzheimer's disease.
Nebraska was the first state to implement a Parkinson's Registry in order to capture reportable data and identify people with the disease. Physicians and pharmacists are required to report any individual using drugs associated with the treatment of Parkinson's. A coordinator then verifies if the drug is used to manage Parkinson's or a different ailment. Currently, over 10,000 people have been confirmed to be diagnosed with the disease in Nebraska. There is an active bill in legislation to establish Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson disease registries that will help determine the incidence and prevalence of the diseases which will result in better treatment and research initiatives.
Now that you know more about Parkinson's, please join us to "ease the burden and find a cure" in our lifetime!
Symptoms of Parkinson's
- Rigidity and freezing in place
- Stooped, shuffling gait
- Decreased arm swing when walking
- Difficulty arising from a chair
- Micrographia (small handwriting)
- Lack of facial expression
- Slowed activities of daily living
- Postural instability
- Difficulty turning in bed
- Diminished sense of smell
- Low voice volume
- Painful foot cramps
- Sleep disturbance
- Increased sweating
- Urinary frequency/urgency