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    Stages of Parkinsons Disease
    monroe63 posted:
    My doctor told me that I have stage 2 of parkinsons disease. He said that it goes up tp five stages. Can someone explain what the 5 stages are like? Also, Why doesn't doctors like to talk about applying for disability with parkinsons disease? Thanks, Millie
    Mark A Stacy, MD responded:
    Dear Millie
    Thank you for your note. Stage II Parkinson's Disease means that you have symptoms on both the right and left side of the body. Stage III means you have developed some balance problems. We do not use staging very often to predict disability, because there we cannot predict how fast or slow people will change.

    If you want a general number about time from progression to disability, I think it would be safe to say that most patients do not seek this status until after 10-15 years after the first symptom.

    Lastly, your doctor may not want to talk about disability, because of fear that it would make you very sad. At your next visit, tell your doctor that it is OK to talk about these things - you really need to know.
    monroe63 replied to Mark A Stacy, MD's response:
    Thanks Doctor , your answer was very helpful. Millie

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