The health news announcer 01-04-2021

Survey: The closures worsened the condition of Parkinson's patients

A survey conducted by the University of Haifa revealed that the quarantine periods worsened the condition of Parkinson's patients in Israel and worsened both their physical and mental condition. The study was conducted among 150 patients.

According to the study, conducted by Dr. Galit Yogev-Zeligman and Dr. Michal Kafri, about 43% of the respondents reported a worsening of the symptoms of the disease: muscle stiffness, tremors, lack of balance and fatigue. About 37% reported a deterioration in the ability to walk, 42% an increase in depression, anxiety and a feeling of loneliness, and 34% - an increase in weight. About 25% of the respondents reported an increase in the need for help in performing routine tasks and functioning in daily life.

It was also found that about 68% of those reporting a worsening of symptoms testified that in their opinion the reason for this is the break in rehabilitation treatments and physical activity. Among the surveyed patients, those who had a good capacity and high skills for self-management of the disease, reported less negative effects of the quarantine on the disease state.

"My condition has worsened," one of them, who has been dealing with Parkinson's for thirty years, told the Israel Hayom newspaper. "For me, the aggravation manifests itself in severe sleep disturbances, nightmares, difficulty in walking, fixation, movement stiffness and more."