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Parkinson’s Patients More Likely to Suffer from Constipation

Posted on February 17, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Constipation is a symptom of Parkinson’s disease that may pre-date diagnosis of the condition by several years. According to Dr. John C. Morgan, a neurologist at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University, constipation is prevalent in the Parkinson’s population, whether as a symptom of the disease itself or due to the side-effects of medications a patient may take to combat the progression and effects of Parkinson’s.

To help improve the health and well-being of Parkinson’s patients with chronic constipation, researchers are studying the effects of a new drug that may help patients who have already tried altering their diets and using over-the-counter laxatives.

Researchers across the nation are studying ghrelin, a peptide hormone that stimulates bowel activity. By injecting an agonist for ghrelin, RM-131, gut motility is stimulated and it may also enhance cell proliferation, inhibit cell death, and suppress inflammation which all contribute to constipation, according to a report in Medical News Today.

The symptoms and side-effects of Parkinson’s disease vary from patient to patient and the progressive nature of the disease means these symptoms rarely improve over time. As patients age, the symptoms typically worsen to the point where they can impair functionality and ability to work and earn a living. When Parkinson’s symptoms have impaired you or a loved one to the point where working is impossible, it is time to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

The Social Security Administration classifies Parkinsonian syndrome in its Listing of Impairments. To meet the criteria for disability a patient must show significant rigidity, bradykinesia (slowness of movement or reflexes), or tremors in two or more extremities. The dysfunction in the extremities must result in sustained disturbance of gross and dexterous movements or a disturbance in gait and station.

If you believe you or a loved one meet these standards for Parkinson’s disability and cannot work and earn an income, file your application for SSDI benefits as soon as possible. Disability Help Group is here to help you begin your claim or address a denial of benefits through appeal. Call today – 1-(800)-800-3332.