Causes of Huntington's disease
Huntington's disease is hereditary if the abnormal gene is inherited from either parent, the chances of suffering from this disease are more significant. It is common for either parent to have this disease.
Symptoms of Huntington´s disease
The signs and symptoms may vary from person to person. Following are the most common symptoms:
Movement disorders (uncontrolled movements, clumsiness, balance problems, speech problems, etc.)
Cognitive disorders (lack of control, slow thinking, etc.)
Psychiatric disorders (depression, insomnia, tiredness, sadness, bipolarity, mania, obsession, and compulsivity, etc.)
Diagnosis of Huntington's disease
The Neurologist will be in charge of doing a physical exam and a series of questions about your medical history.
Among the tests to be carried out, we group the most common.
The neurological exam allows the neurologist to do a series of tests to assess balance, muscle strength, and the nervous system's functioning.
Treatment of Huntington's disease
If the patient presents a case of Huntington's disease, the Neurologist will prescribe medications that allow you to control it. However, these will not prevent the physical and mental deterioration that Huntington's disease generates.
It is essential to go for regular check-ups with the Neurologist and follow the treatment plan provided by the doctor.
Treatments for Huntington's disease are
Medications for movement disorders
Medications for psychiatric disorders
Living with Huntington's disease
Being diagnosed with Huntington's disease is a tough situation. However, the right information, and the support of your family and close ones can help you manage this condition.
We have grouped some of the things to consider that could help us to know how to deal with this disease.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle could help improve the quality of life.
Family support is vital; understanding of common symptoms is required to react appropriately and be patient.
Finding Out About Huntington's Disease
Go regularly to the Neurology doctor
Find services and support near you
Do legal and financial planning
Maintaining a weekly or daily routine is favorable
Seek help with daily tasks
Ask the doctor to ask for a home safety assessment
When to go to a doctor?
The Neurologist is the specialist in charge of treating these types of diseases; he will be in charge of evaluating memory wear and other thinking skills.
The Neurologist will take care of making a review of the medical history of the family history, neurological examinations, as well as a general physical examination.
When consulting your doctor, we recommend keeping a record of your pain with a detailed description of the symptoms, duration, and what you think triggered them. Also, mention any medications you are taking.
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