Talk to Your Doctor
If you suspect that you or a loved one has a PS or ET movement disorder, make an appointment with a doctor right away. Because symptoms of parkinsonian syndromes (PS) and essential tremor (ET) can be mistaken for each other, it's essential that you communicate frequently and clearly with your healthcare team to be sure you get an accurate diagnosis.
Some recommendations for good communication:
- Plan ahead: Before your next appointment, write down any questions that you want to remember to ask.
- Be prepared: Bring a pen and notebook to your doctor's appointments to write down any special instructions or next steps.
- Ask questions: If the doctor says something you don't understand, ask for an explanation.
You may also want expert answers to questions about medication, surgery, nutrition, and complications of PS and ET movement disorders. If so, be sure to check out the National Parkinson Foundation's free online forum.
Move2Answers has created a convenient doctor discussion guide to help you get prepared for your next appointment so that you can describe your or your loved one's symptoms to the doctor, and discuss important topics such as testing and treatment. Take some time to print the guide and fill out the questions most relevant to you, and then bring them to your next appointment.