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Learn about Parkinson’s disease and how MS Queensland can provide assistance and support.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition that affects the control of body movements. Parkinson’s disease occurs when nerve cells, or neurones, that normally produce dopamine in the brain degenerate and die. Dopamine is a chemical that helps relay messages between areas of the brain that control movement, causing trembling in the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face. It can also cause slowness and stiffness of the limbs. Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, some medications and therapies can provide significant relief from the symptoms.
The early symptoms of Parkinson’s disease will vary from person to person, as will the rate of progression of the disease. Some early symptoms may include:
Sources: Brain Foundation Australia, Parkinson’s Foundation
For people with Parkinson’s disease there are many ways to live well and maintain quality of life. Symptoms can vary and the need for support can change and increase over time.
A person with Parkinson’s disease may require support with:
MS Queensland has a long history of helping people with MS and other progressive neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. We know that many of the symptoms of and treatments for MS are also common to other PNDs and we offer our knowledge, expertise and understanding in this field to a broad range of people. Some of our services include:
For more information, questions, or assistance you can contact our NeuroAssist InfoLine on 1800 177 591 Monday – Friday between 8:30am – 5:00pm. You can also request a call back from one of our NeuroAssist team who will be in touch within 24 hours.