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What You Need To Know About Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by Tara Cohen on Aug, Fri 23, 2013

mj fox parkinsonsParkinson’s disease is an incurable, progressive nervous system disorder impacting movement. Treatment typically includes medications that alleviate some of the symptoms of Parkinson’s. In some cases, brain surgery can also help alleviate some symptoms, but again, this is not a cure.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s include:

  1. Tremors (hand tremors are often an early sign)
  2. Slowed movement
  3. Difficulty walking
  4. Muscle stiffness
  5. Limited range of motion
  6. Balance and posture issues
  7. Slurred or otherwise altered speech
  8. Loss of “automatic movements” (things we typically do unconsciously such as blinking, smiling, and gesturing while speaking)

More common in men than women, Parkinson’s disease typically impacts older people but can have an early onset in middle age. There is a genetic component, making it slightly more likely that a person will develop Parkinson’s if a close relative has/had it, and much more likely if several relatives are or were afflicted.

Parkinson’s disease causes speech, mobility, range of motion, muscle control, balance, and posture issues. All of these can also result from head injuries. Therefore, in an emergency situation, it is imperative that EMTs and ER personnel know what your baseline and diagnosis are so that they can determine whether, for example, your speech and balance issues are new symptoms (that is, from an injury during an accident) or are part of how your Parkinson’s presents.

Additionally, if you have Parkinson’s, it’s likely you will be on multiple medications, which first responders also need to be aware of when treating you. Finally, if you have speech challenges, even if you are conscious and coherent after an accident, you may be unable to self-advocate, so having an ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact on your medical ID necklace or bracelet will give those assisting you a point of contact who can fill them in on your medications, diagnoses, and current treatment plan, and it enables your loved one(s) to be reached and get to you more quickly.

What Should I Engrave on My Parkinson's Disease Medical Alert Bracelet?

CTA tags If you have Parkinson's or another nervous system disease, wearing medical alert jewelry is imperative. Almost as important as wearing your medical ID bracelet is deciding what to engrave on your Parkinson's medical alert jewelry. Here are a few ideas, including "ICE" numbers (in case of emergency) and "SEE WALLET CARD" lines that are particularly helpful when you carry a wallet card and update it as your condition(s) and/or medications change. You can download a FREE wallet card here.


ICE 555-777-9999


ICE 555-888-9999
ICE 555-222-3333

Need help engraving your Parkinson's medical alert bracelet? Just give us a call at 800.360.8680. We're here 8 to 4:30 Central Time, Monday through Friday, and we're always glad to help. 


Tags: Medical ID Jewelry, Parkinsons, Parkinson's Disease, Nervous System Disease, Michael J Fox Foundation, Parkinsons medical alert bracelet

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