March 12, 2015 by
Being diagnosed with any disease can be difficult to hear, and the most logical next step may be to get a second opinion. And in the case of Parkinson’s disease, this may be especially prudent, in light of information recently shared by ScienceDaily on the disease’s striking similarities to another condition.
What may seem like (and be diagnosed as) Parkinson’s disease may actually be a very similar type of disease: dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). This lesser known condition is surprisingly common – affecting as many as 1.3 million Americans, and perhaps more who have been inaccurately diagnosed with Parkinson’s since its symptoms are so similar.
According to Howard I. Hurtig, M.D., Chair, Department of Neurology, Pennsylvania Hospital and Elliott Professor of Neurology, diagnosing DLB quickly and accurately could mean the difference between life and death. Incorrectly treating DLB can not only cause serious side effects, but can even worsen symptoms and prevent appropriate symptom management.
Some of the confusion stems from both Parkinson’s disease and DLB falling under the same umbrella of Lewy body dementias. The main difference is in the “one-year rule” related to cognitive symptoms. While those with Parkinson’s disease typically do not present cognitive issues until at least a year after movement symptoms begin, DLB is the opposite, with cognitive symptoms appearing first for at least a year.
Whether you’re seeking elder care for a loved one with Parkinson’s, DLB, or any other condition, At Home Independent Living is here to help in Syracuse and the surrounding area. Our caregivers are fully trained, insured, bonded, and background checked to provide peace of mind to you and your family, and are carefully matched to your loved one’s specific interests, personality, and environment – creating a bond of friendship unlike any other. Read more about how we can help in our brochure, or call us at 315-579-4663 to share your story and allow us to be part of making life happier and more comfortable and fulfilling for your senior loved one.