Be sure your doctor is a movement disorder specialist/neurologist (MDS).
Even if your doctor is a neurologist, this does not mean that he/she has the experience or education with movement disorders that will enable them to provide the specific care you need. Visit here for a list of MDS’s in your state. If your insurance company prevents you from seeing an MDS, let them know that this is a serious problem for you and seek a referral. If you cannot obtain one, let your local support group leader know so they can report it to the regional PD organization for follow up. If you have this type of insurance company problem or if there are no MDS locations in your area, locate a neurologist who has demonstrable experience working with PD.
There are many things related to PD that are beyond your control. Getting regular exercise is something you can control that can make a big difference in your symptoms and your quality of life. Establish a plan with your MDS that is appropriate based on your age and condition. Visit here for helpful suggestions regarding exercise and living well.
Participate in clinical research trials.
When you do this you accomplish two things. First, you help with the advancement of knowledge that will lead to a cure. Second, you learn things that may help you. For information on specific studies including availability, location, and timing of research trials visit PD Trials or the Fox Trial Finder. ...