A Life Shaken: My Encounter with Parkinson's Disease by Joel Havemann

By Joel Havemann

"I'm flat on my again on a sofa that is too brief in a windowless room within the bureau. i will not even take a seat at a working laptop or computer, less make a keyboard paintings. My legs and arms are shaking uncontrollably. even supposing i'm basically fifty three years outdated, i've got already been suffering from Parkinson's sickness for seven years. And instantly the sickness is winning." So starts Joel Havemann's account of the insidious affliction that's Parkinson's. Into his personal tale, Havemann weaves available factors of the way Parkinson's disrupts the brain's circuitry, how indicators are controlled via medicines and surgical procedure, and the way humans do something about the disease's mental demanding situations. The paperback version brings the dialogue of treatments and examine completely brand new.

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Before my next appointment with Dr. DC, she arranged for me to see a neurologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital who specialized in diagnosing Parkinson’s in young people. Judy, guessing what the outcome might be, came along on the one-hour drive to Baltimore. There to greet us was Dr. Stephen G. Reich. Built solid and low to the ground like a Mercedes or a BMW, he seemed at first serious and even severe. With one of those pointy World War I helmets, he would have made a fine Prussian general. But he pronounced his name like rich, not like the Third Reich, and while his rich baritone was a tad formidable, his manner was sensitive and friendly.

The tremor primarily involves his right side, the leg more than the arm. He is right-handed. It does increase at times of stress. At times it is so severe that he is unable to write. . Recently he strained his back, but this is probably unrelated. . On physical examination, Mr. Havemann was a pleasant, articulate man in no acute distress. His blood pressure was 125/80. His neck was supple. At rest and to varying degrees, he had a resting tremor which was quite coarse involving the entire right leg and foot.

Researchers were handicapped by not knowing where to look for the 16 A Life Shaken central source of Parkinson’s symptoms. Parkinson himself, admitting that he could do little more than guess, fingered the medulla oblongata, where the brain narrows down into the spinal cord. L. ∏ Nobody had a clue about what caused the disease, and some of the early theories seem laughable today. Charcot, suspecting sudden anxiety, told of a soldier’s wife who contracted the disease when her husband’s horse returned, riderless, from a civil disturbance in 1832.

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