Picking Your Doctors

Selecting your general practitioner and neurologist are 2 of the most important decisions that you will make when it comes to your Parkinson’s treatment. It is in your best interest and well-being to know the various drugs and treatments that are available for your condition.

Here are 5 things to consider when picking youir doctors if you have Parkinson’s disease:

1) Is your neurologist a movement disorder specialist? If you have early-onset PD, you may want to seek out a doctor with this credential.

2) Does your general practitioner understand PD and the potential dangers of the combinations of other medicines and surgeries that when combined with PD meds can lower or increase your blood pressure? Make sure your physician understands the medical side-effects of your drugs.

3) Consult a PD local support group for a referral of a good doctor. You’ll hear patients who are satisfied and unhappy with their doctors.

4) Research your doctors on the web. Start with Google and Yahoo. (I’ll have more detailed sites in a future posting.)

5) Keep a notebook with questions about any symptoms or changes that you may be experiencing. It is helpful to know what symptoms are medicinal side-effects and what might be due to the progression of Parkinson’s.

These are just a few tips that I hope you will find helpful. I am not a doctor.

Send me some of your tips.



About Karl Robb

Karl Robb has had Parkinson’s disease (PD) for over thirty years. With symptoms since he was seventeen years old, Karl was diagnosed at the age of twenty-three. Now fifty-one, he is a Parkinson’s disease advocate, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author of two books (A Soft Voice in a Noisy World: A Guide to Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Dealing and Healing with Parkinson’s Disease and Other Health Conditions: A Workbook for Body, Mind, and Spirit) with his wife and care partner, Angela Robb. He has blogged for ten years on his website, ASoftVoice.com. He is a Community Team Member to ParkinsonsDisease.net and is a contributor to PatientsLikeMe.com. His blog, ASoftVoice.com, has been recognized four years in a row by Healthline.com as one of The Best Parkinson’s Blogs of 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015! Healthline.com also listed the book A Soft Voice in a Noisy World in their list of Best Parkinson’s Disease Books of 2017! FeedSpot.com has recognized ASoftVoice.com for 2018 and 2017 as a Top 50 Parkinson’s Disease blog. Karl was a blogger for the 2016 World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon. He is a frequent speaker on Parkinson’s disease issues as well as an experienced advocate for Parkinson’s issues throughout the United States. He is also an advisor and consultant on Parkinson’s disease. Karl is a board member of both the Parkinson Voice Project and Parkinson Social Network based in Virginia. He was an active board member (6 years) and an advocate (18 years) with the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN). In his free time, he is a photographer, constant writer, longtime magician, and a practicing Reiki Jin Kei Do master. Karl received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been featured by The New York Post, BBC Radio, CBS News, National Public Broadcasting (NPR), in The New Republic magazine and NHK World Television, as well as several Washington, D.C., television stations. You may reach Karl via email at asoftvoice@gmail.com, on Facebook, or contact him via Twitter @asoftvoicepd. I’m available for speaking engagements to share my experience living with Parkinson’s disease. Please contact me at asoftvoice@gmail.com if you are interested in having me speak to your group, conference/symposium, or would like me to write an article for your newsletter or blog. I am not a medical professional and this information is my personal view. I am just sharing my medical journey with you, the reader. I encourage you to seek all avenues that can benefit your condition.

Posted on October 2, 2008, in Health, Parkinson's Disease, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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