The confidence to live with Parkinson’s disease
Living with Parkinson’s disease can be difficult, but finding a treatment plan can help provide you or your loved one with the tools you need to live with confidence. An essential part of a Parkinson’s care plan is obtaining a MedicAlert ID and membership plan. Each Parkinson’s diagnosis is unique, but a medical ID can be important for anyone with a chronic condition. A medical ID can give you the protection and peace of mind to live confidently.
How does MedicAlert work for people with Parkinson’s?
First responders are trained to look for MedicAlert IDs. In an emergency, first responders will be alerted to your medical condition. Pairing your medical ID with a MedicAlert membership plan will give you access to membership benefits that extend beyond the ID – benefits such as a digital health profile, emergency contact notification, document storage and other features that can protect you in an emergency.
The importance of a Parkinson’s medical ID bracelet
Wearing a medical ID at all times ensures your medical conditions are immediately known in an emergency.
When first responders see your MedicAlert ID, they know to contact MedicAlert to get your complete health record.
Get protected 24/7 with a MedicAlert ID and membership.
How can I get a MedicAlert ID?
You can order your custom-engraved Parkinson’s medical ID by viewing our wide selection here. Whether you prefer a bracelet, necklace, or MedicAlert ID for Apple watch, – we have a medical ID that fits your personal style and lifestyle. A MedicAlert membership is the perfect complement to your ID.
Understanding Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease was discovered in 1817, over 200 years ago. As research and knowledge of the disease has evolved, so have treatments and hope for those living with it. While some individuals believe that Parkinson’s is an ”old person’s disease” – it’s not. Advocate and actor Michael J. Fox was diagnosed in 1991 at the age of 29.
The disease is neurodegenerative, meaning that it causes degeneration in the nervous system over time. People with Parkinson’s disease typically experience tremors in different parts of the body, a symptom that is known as a hallmark of the condition. However, this is not the only symptom of Parkinson’s. Most people living with the disease also develop additional motor function decline, cognitive impairment, and/or other health concerns.
Unfortunately, not much is yet known about what causes Parkinson’s. The good news is that the progression of the disease is often slow, and custom treatment plans can help people manage the condition. Many people with Parkinson’s disease are able to live very full, rich lives.
Diagnosing the disease with TRAP Parkinson’s symptoms
Diagnosing Parkinson’s disease is often difficult as it can be challenging to detect in its early stages. Doctors look for four cardinal features of the movement disorder using the TRAP Parkinson’s mnemonic device. Parkinson’s TRAP symptoms include the following:
- Tremor - shaking at rest, involving the thumb, entire hand, arm, chin, lips, and feet.
- Rigidity -felt by the doctor when rotating a patient’s wrist or elbow.
- Akinesia or bradykinesia – lack of movement or slowness of movement when walking or swinging an arm.
- Postural instability – making it necessary to hold onto something to maintain balance when walking or rising from a chair.
While the typical symptoms of tremors or shaking are used as the basis for a diagnosis, the condition involve s many other less-obvious symptoms that may include sleep problems, constipation, slurred speech, and mood problems such as depression.
Living with Parkinson’s
You should work closely with your primary care doctor and specialists to come up with a treatment plan that works for you. Medication is often an important component in controlling Parkinson’s TRAP symptoms. It’s crucial to use your medications as directed and to be open with your doctor about how you’re feeling. Surgery and lifestyle modifications may also be suggested as part of your treatment plan.
As with any medical condition, you should consult your doctor to learn how to manage your condition .
What should I engrave on a Parkinson’s medical ID?
MedicAlert offers free custom engraving on all our medical ID products. The engraving should include any critical medical information that can protect and save your life if you are in an accident or have a medical emergency, including:
- Other medical conditions
- Medications you’re taking
- Any additional medical information that needs to be communicated to first responders.
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