What if something damaged the dopamine producers in a person's brain? Surely, they would eventually be diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease.
In this case, injecting some type of dopamine (or synthetic dopamine) directly into their brain would help the problem, but these injections would need to be on a continual basis, probably every few hours. This is not feasible, so let's try ingesting that same substance every few hours. Sounds good, except that the stomach and intestines would digest the substance, and it would never reach the brain, where it's needed. Ok, now let's add a drug to this substance that would stop the digestive system from absorbing the dopamine. Good idea. The dopamine can now get into the bloodstream and make it to the brain, where it's needed. It's my understanding that this is exactly what Carbidopa and Levodopa are designed to do. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
If my above assumptions are correct, then this type of medication should solve the issue. It can't cure the issue, because scientists have not yet discovered a way to "restart" those failed dopamine producers, but it would be a good solution for now. The problem with this solution is that it doesn't seem to work for everyone.
What if the problem is not in the dopamine producers, but in the receptors? Surely this would still be diagnosed as Parkinson's Disease, but in this case, the brain could be flooded with dopamine and it would never reach the places where it's needed. Carbidopa/Levodopa medication would not help this person. Hmmm... Is anyone working to solve this scenario? Not that I know of. There are quite a few people who are struggling with Parkinson's and the medication doesn't seem to help.
What if we could get the scientific community to understand that we are not all the same?
What if we could somehow let them know that the current treatments are not enough?
What if we could show them every one of the differences between Parkinson's patients?
We can! They are actually counting on us to help them find a cure. They continually ask us to participate in studies to find a cure.
So, the next time you see a request to join a study, you will be helping all Parkinson's people by accepting and joining the study. You could be the one who helps them make that big breakthrough in their research.
To be perfectly honest, I have passed up on a few of these studies, but I'm going to put more effort into becoming part of the solution. I hope you will help too.