What Should I Do if I’m Showing Signs of Huntington’s Disease?

Huntington’s disease does not affect every person in the same way. You can show signs similar to that of Huntington’s disease without actually having the faulty gene.

Some people have problems with the mobility of their body parts, some find it difficult to remember things, and others can’t control their moods, feelings, sensations, etc.

I am guessing you did a little internet research to find out more about your symptoms and came across a webpage revealing signs of Huntington’s disease. You are doing the right thing by digging even deeper into it, most people would be terrified of confronting this deadly disease.

The next logical step would be to go for a genetic test to confirm whether you have the huntingtin gene or not. There are two types of genetic tests available 1) Predictive and 2) Diagnostic.

Predictive testing is for those who are living in fear of inheriting Huntington’s disease from one of their deceased parents. Diagnostic testing is for people who are already showing symptoms of Huntington’s disease and require an official diagnosis.

A center of excellence will help you mentally prepare for the disease prior to the test results and make sure formalities like life insurance, long-term care insurance, etc are taken care of.

One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.

Mother Teresa

Let’s dive further and examine how a Diagnostic genetic test can help you make sense of the physical/mental/ emotional signs you are showing of having Huntington’s disease.

A diagnostic test will confirm whether you have Huntington’s disease or not. You would want to know the results as soon as possible so that you can plan your future based on it.[1]

Imagine what would happen if you made a major life decision like getting married or having children and after just a few years get diagnosed with Huntington’s disease.

Your partner will have to spend the rest of his/her life taking care of you and alone by themselves after you are gone.

You can avoid this predicament by being entirely responsible for your situation and taking every life-decision based on your genetic test results— whether it arrives as positive or negative.

Testing positive does not mean the end of the world. There are plenty of viable treatments available for the symptoms of Huntington’s disease. These treatments are designed to make a Huntington’s disease patient’s life, easy and pain-free.

There is no cure for Huntington’s disease yet, no amount of treatment will reverse the course of this disease.

However, scientists are working tirelessly to come up with effective therapies and medications to reduce cognitive decline in a Huntington’s disease patient.

Who should opt for a Diagnostic Genetic Testing?   

A genetic test becomes mandatory for patients with positive family history and showing specific motor symptoms. But such patients are generally unconscious of their ponderous movements and shifts in behaviors in the early stages of the disease.

So normally their family members or friends notice these subtle changes in them and begin wondering what could be wrong with their loved one.

It is common for such an unaware Huntington’s disease prospect of denying any kind of accusations of being uncharacteristically weird.

For this reason, it is important to understand the patient’s situation by stepping into their shoes and interacting with them in an empathetic way. [2]

Conclusion :

It’s very natural to panic and feel anxious when you suddenly begin to shake, walk with jerky movements, find it hard to swallow food, become stiff and rigid, etc.

When all this is happening out of nowhere, without any prior warning, it is imperative to remain calm and think logically.

A genetic test to determine for such a fatal disease requires you to be mentally prepared to handle the inevitable.


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